Everything you need to know about Pap smears

(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — A Pap smear, sometimes called a Pap test or smear test, is a procedure that doctors use to look for changes in the cells of the cervix.

These cellular changes can result from cancer, precancer, or the human papillomavirus (HPV). During a Pap test, a doctor or specialized nurse swabs the cervix through the vagina. The swab removes cells that they can send to a lab for analysis.

What is a pap smear?
A Pap smear is a safe, relatively quick, and noninvasive test that looks for changes in the cells of the cervix. The name “Pap smear” comes from Dr. Georgios Papanikolaou, who invented the test. (…)

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