Abnormal Pap Smear
Pap Smears are a test performed to check for cervical dysplasia (pre-cancer) and cancer of the cervix. Current recommendations are that women should have their first pap test at the age of 21. Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, (which can lead to cancers or infertility) are on the rise and as a result it is important that all sexually active women get tested for these diseases even if they choose not to have a pap smear.
Women should understand that abnormal pap smears are not uncommon and not necessarily something to worry about. For women with a mildly abnormal pap smear (known as atypia) who are also either positive for a high risk of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), or who have any type of dysplasia (mild, moderate, or severe), Colposcopy is recommended.
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