Pap smear is an important part of a women’s preventive health care. It is a quick and simple test used to screen women for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a disease where normal cells in the cervix (mouth of the uterus or womb) change and multiply to form a growth or tumor. Most cases of cervical cancer occur in women who have never had a Pap test or those who have not had a Pap test within the past 5 years
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable female cancers. The incidence of cervical cancer has significantly declined over the past years because of screening and early detection by the Pap smear. However, Cervical Cancer still remains the number 1 cause of death in women due to cancer.
What does a Pap Smear Test show?
Pap Smear for women – A must
Apart from this, Pap test can also show conditions, such as infection or inflammation that are not cancer.
A pap smear is a one time test and takes only a few minutes, but can save the lives of women by detecting cervical cancer early. It gives women the opportunity to prevent or treat any abnormalities before they become life-threatening.