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Pap test for cervical cancer

Pap test for cervical cancer

A Pap test is usually the first step in determining cervix health and is often done as part of routine screening, such as an annual OB-GYN exam.

Most women are advised to get a Pap test starting at age 21 or within three years of having intercourse, whichever happens first.

What is a pap test?

During a Pap test, your doctor inserts a swab into the vagina and takes a sample of cells from the cervix, which are examined under a microscope. If abnormal cells are found, your doctor may order additional diagnostic tests for cervical cancer and other diseases.