CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF PREVENTITIVE HEALTHCARE FOR MANY PEOPLE
What is a cervical cancer screening test and how can it help me?
Early cancer detection can help prevent cancer or find it early. We offer two cervical cancer screening tests:
- Pap test (Pap smear) that looks for changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated. The changes are called “precancers.”
- HPV test that looks for a virus called human papilomavirus that can cause cell changes.
Who should get screened?
If you have a cervix, you should start getting Pap tests at age 21. Speak to your doctor to find out what tests are best for you and how often you should be tested.
How do I prepare for my cervical cancer screening?
Don’t schedule your test if you will have your period at the time of the test. Two days before and up to the day of your test: Don’t douche, use a tampon, have intercourse, use birth control foam, cream or jelly or any medicine or cream in your vagina.
What can I expect during my cervical cancer screening?
During the Pap test, the doctor will use an instrument called a speclum, to widen your vagina. This will help the doctor examine your vagina and cervix. A few cells will be collected and then sent to a laboratory to be checked and tested.
How do I get my results?
All normal results will be available on the patient portal. For any abnormal results, the patient will be contacted to schedule an appointment to discuss the results.