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What is a pap smear?
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
14 doctors agree
In brief: Screen for cancer
Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion").
This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure.

In brief: Screen for cancer
Named for its discoverer george papanicolaou, cells from the cervix of the uterus are smeared onto a glass slide, stained, and examined under the microscope for cancer or precancer ("dysplasia"; "intraepithelial lesion").
This enables detection of the vast majority of cervical cancers -- once the greatest cancer killer of young women -- while still easy to cure.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Stephen Berns
It's the most successful cancer screening test in history.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
In addition to microscopic examination of cells, testing for HPV is important in predicting the future behavior of the lesions, if any.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
In brief: Dehydration?
You are most likely dehydrated.
Try drinking water./ if you still feel bad go to the hospital.

In brief: Dehydration?
You are most likely dehydrated.
Try drinking water./ if you still feel bad go to the hospital.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
In brief: Cancer check
A pap test looks for cervical cancer.
The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to send to the lab.

In brief: Cancer check
A pap test looks for cervical cancer.
The doctor will inserrt a speculum into the vagina to look at the cervix and take a sample of cervical cells to send to the lab.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Anne Rodriguez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Screening test
A sampling of cells from the cervix to test for the cellular changes that can lead to cervical cancer- it is a screening test and not usually a diagnostic test.

In brief: Screening test
A sampling of cells from the cervix to test for the cellular changes that can lead to cervical cancer- it is a screening test and not usually a diagnostic test.
Dr. Anne Rodriguez
Dr. Anne Rodriguez
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