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What if I have an abnormal Pap smear?

First, you should know that abnormal Pap tests are common. They are just an initial test, and most people with an abnormal Pap test do not have cancer. If your Pap test has cells that look "abnormal," your provider can follow up with another test to find o

Oct 13th, 2020
When should I have a Pap smear?

If you are age 21 to 29, you should have a Pap test every 3 years. If you are age 30 or older, you can have a Pap test every 3 years or a combination Pap and HPV test every 5 years. If you are age 65 or older, you can stop having Pap tests if: You had Pap

Oct 6th, 2020
What is human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Human papillomavirus, or "HPV," is a virus that can cause skin warts, genital warts, and some forms of cancer. There are many types of HPV. Different types can cause different health problems. This article is about the types of HPV that can be spread thro

Oct 20th, 2020
Pap Smear vs. Pelvic Examination

What is a Pap smear? Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou was a Greek physician who was a pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, and inventor of the "Pap smear".  A Pap smear is a test that providers use to check the cervix for early signs of can

Sep 22nd, 2020