Undergoing routine screenings to protect yourself from the risk of cancers is extremely important in many areas of medicine. This includes screenings for cervical cancer. Women should have regular pap smears performed during their annual gynecological examinations to improve their chances of an early diagnosis of cancer does develop. The doctors at GYN Choices in East Brunswick, NJ can educate you on the benefits of the pap smear and help you better understand the process for a problem-free appointment!
Understanding the pap smear process
The pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. During this procedure, the doctor takes a sample of cells from the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) and looks at them under a microscope.
What is the purpose of a pap smear?
Pap smears can detect abnormal cells that may become cancerous if left untreated. Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer can improve the chances of survival, which is why routine pap smears may be recommended–especially in women who have a higher risk of cervical cancer due to previous cancers or a frailly history of cervical cancer.
What can I expect during my pap smear appointment?
During your appointment, our experienced doctors will use a speculum (a device that holds the vagina open) to visualize the cervix. A swab will then be used to collect cells from the surface of the cervix. This swab will be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
What do the results of a pap smear mean?
There are several different possible results from a pap smear:
- A result of “normal” means that no abnormal cells were found and cervical cancer is not likely.
- An “abnormal” result may mean that further testing is needed to rule out cancer.
- An “unsatisfactory” result may mean that the sample was unclear and another pap smear is needed.
- An “inconclusive” result may mean that the test was unable to give a clear result.
Call GYN Choices today!
If you have any questions or concerns about your pap smear, be sure to talk to your health care professional at GYN Choices in East Brunswick, NJ to discuss your needs. The office can be reached by calling 732-698-1115 to schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art facility.