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Abnormal Pap Smears

What is Abnormal Pap Smears ?

An abnormal Pap smear is a screening test that detects abnormal cells in the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. An abnormal Pap smear may indicate the presence of cervical cancer or precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix.

Common symptoms of Abnormal Pap Smears

The Pap smear is a routine screening test that is recommended for all women starting at age 21 or within three years of becoming sexually active. The test involves collecting a sample of cells from the cervix and examining them under a microscope for any abnormalities.

An abnormal Pap smear does not necessarily mean that a woman has cervical cancer, but it does require further evaluation. Additional testing may include a colposcopy, which is a procedure that allows the doctor to closely examine the cervix with a special magnifying instrument. A biopsy may also be performed to remove a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope.

Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears

Treatment for abnormal Pap smears will depend on the severity of the abnormality and whether precancerous changes are present. In some cases, the abnormal cells may resolve on their own without any treatment. In other cases, treatment may involve removing the abnormal cells or treating the underlying infection that may be causing the abnormality.

Prevention is the key to avoiding abnormal Pap smears. Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer by practicing safe sex, getting vaccinated against HPV, and having regular Pap smears as recommended by their healthcare provider.

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