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When last did you have your Pap smear test?

Ladies, when last did you have your pap smear test?

A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix – the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s the top of your vagina.

Although the Pap smear is primarily used for the detection of abnormalities of the cervix, it may also sometimes indicate the presence of infections of the vagina and the cervix and may also sometimes indicate the presence of cancer cells that originate from the lining of the uterus or the endometrium. 

Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these abnormal cells early with a Pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.

Doctors generally recommend repeating Pap testing every three years for women between ages of 21 to 65.

Women who are aged 30 and older can consider Pap testing every five years if the procedure is combined with testing for HPV. Or they might consider HPV testing instead of the Pap test.

If you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend more-frequent Pap smears, regardless of your age. These risks factors include:

·        A diagnosis of cervical cancer or a Pap smear that showed precancerous cells

·        HIV infection

·        Weakened immune system due to organ transplant or chemotherapy 

·        A history of smoking

A single Pap smear test is not a perfect test. There may be a normal result despite an abnormality in the cervix. For this reason, it is important to get repeated smears regularly to minimize the risk of missing an abnormal lesion on the cervix.

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