Pap Smears For More Than The Cervix? Ovarian and uterine cancer cells can trickle down to the cervix and show up on a routine Pap smear. In the future, this additional cancer screening may be part of a normal exam.
What type of Pap smear do gynecologists use? If the sampling method is the same a patient may not know what type of lab techniques are used to search for cervical cancers. A recent study evaluated the accuracy in detecting cervical cancer of two types of Pap smears in women.
If you've been following the changing guidelines for women's health maintenance, you will know that annual Pap smears are no longer recommended for cervical cancer screenings. A new study has found which test is best for predicting cervical cancer risks. (Click the picture to read more.)
It is important that your pap smear is normal before you try to get pregnant. If your pap smear is abnormal during pregnancy, treatment could pose a risk to your pregnancy. It is better to get an “all clear” from your Ob/Gyn before getting pregnant.
Sexually abused women skip pap smears
After four years of marriage, Angela and her husband decided they were ready to start a family. During an appointment with her Ob/Gyn, however, Angela discovered that her pap smear test results were abnormal. Further tests confirmed her fears that she would have to put off getting pregnant due to cervical cancer.
Einstein student Lukas Austin-Page assists during a PAP smear training in Rwanda while Lisa Nathan, M.D. (burgundy top) observes.
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This year, an estimated 12,170 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and nearly 4,250 will die of the disease. Cervical cancer used to be one of the most common causes of cancer death in women in the United States. Today, lives are saved because of regular screening with a Pap test (also called a Pap smear).
Interesting (2009) story about simple vinegar test outperforming pap smear at finding HPV and precancerous conditions. Some gynecologists hope it will replace the standard screening.