PAP SMEAR TEST
Pap test, also known as Pap smear is a safe screening procedure for cervical cancer. It tests for the presence of precancerous (cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future) or cancerous cells on the cervix (the narrow end opening to the uterus).
Doctors generally recommend women do a pap smear every three years from the age of 21. For women over age 30, the Pap test may be combined with a test for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer.
To perform a pap smear, the surface of the cervix is gently scraped and examined under a microscope to look for characteristics in the cells that indicate cancer or a precancerous condition. A positive result indicates the presence of abnormal cells while a negative result indicates that no abnormal cells were identified.
Prior to having a pap smear, it is advisable to avoid intercourse, or using vaginal creams.it is also best to avoid this procedure during the menstrual period. Mild discomfort, a bit of cramping and in some cases, light vaginal bleeding can be felt immediately after the test.
Visit us at Afrilab Medical Diagnostics today to book an appointment for a pap test.