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Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know

Detecting Cervical Cancer: The Pap Test

Detecting Cervical Cancer: The Pap Test

Screening tests are key for detecting the disease in its earliest stages, when it can be effectively treated. Pap tests screen for abnormal cells on the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer.

If your Pap test results are abnormal, your cells could have problematic changes that may or may not signal cancer; your doctor will need to take a closer look at those abnormal cells. Your doctor may conduct another Pap smear, an HPV test (to see whether you have “high risk” forms of HPV), or a series of diagnostic tests to determine if your cells are cancerous.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Published January 29, 2013. Jenilee is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC.