Pap smear is a test to check for abnormal cells at the cervix (neck of the uterus). It is recommended to be performed once a year. If HPV virus is present, Pap smear may be advised every 6 months. There is a separate test for HPV which is usually requested at the time of the initial Pap smear and after a new sexual partner encounter. Since there are no symptoms most of the time with abnormal cervical changes due to pre cancerous activity, the Pap smear screening is crucial to diagnosis early changes and implementing further testing and/or treatment.
If you receive a call from our office informing you that you may have an abnormal pap smear result, there is no need for immediate panic. This information does net necessarily indicate that you have Cancer. The effectiveness of a Pap Smear proves to identify abnormal cells many years prior to any cancer development. An important note however is that some cancers develop rather quickly and aggressively.
If you receive a call about an abnormal pap smear result, a Colposcopy will usually determine the exact reason as to why there was an abnormality in your results.