What is a Pap smear (pap test)?

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“Having a pap smear every two years offers the best chance of preventing cervical cancer”

“In 2014 for every 1000 women screened in Australia 8 women were found to have abnormalities, early screening will allow treatment before it develops into cancer”

 

What is a Pap smear (pap test)?

Pap smear is a quick and easy test used to check for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. In 2010, 818 Australian women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, due to the slow growing nature of cervical cancer early detection can almost guarantee treatment.

 

Who needs to do a pap smear?

All women who have been sexually active between the ages of 18 and 65 should have a pap smear once every two years, screening test is 100% accurate.

 

How is a Pap smear done?

A disposable plastic speculum is gently inserted into the vagina holding it open, the health professionally then collects a sample of cells from your cervix using a small swab, the sample is then sent of to the labs for testing.

This painless process should not take longer than a minute, and is completely safe, however it may feel slightly uncomfortable.

 

What happens after the test?

After the sample is extracted by the health professional it is sent of to the lab for extensive testing, you will be notified within 3 days to attend the clinic to discuss the results with your health practitioner.

 

Where can I get more information about pap smears?

For more information regarding cervical screening (pap smears) visit www.cervicalscreening.health.gov.au or call the cervical screening program on 13 15 56.

For information regarding cancer its effects, treatments and support visit www.cancer.org.au or call cancer council helpline on 13 11 20.

 

For Procedure and more info: Cervical Screening NSW | HealthShare AU

To book an appointment for Pap Test contact A2Z Medical on (02) 9758 9848 or use the online booking.

For more inquiries email us at questions@a2zmedical.com.au

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