Most women don’t necessarily look forward to getting regular Pap smears. However, it must be noted that these regular tests are vital for screening for certain abnormalities in the cervix that can show the presence of cervical cancer cells. In fact, cervical cancer is the twelfth leading killer of women in the United States, but Pap smears can help protect you from being a part of this statistic. Thanks to these simple tests, which began regularly in the 1940s, cervical cancer has lowered from the first leading killer of women all the way down to the twelfth.
Not convinced that a Pap smear could benefit you? Not only can it save your life and give you a better quality of life by catching cancerous cells early when they can still be easily treated, but also it can significantly reduce the incidence of deadly metastasis to other organs in your body. Pap smears can also detect inflammation and signs of infection in the area. If your test is negative, you can rest easy knowing that you have nothing to worry about on the cervical cancer front.
During a Pap smear, a tiny, spatula-like device is used to gently collect cells from the sides of your cervix. These cells are then sent for testing. The whole procedure takes just minutes or less to perform and leaves you feeling reassured that all is well with your female parts.
You may also have questions about how frequently a Pap smear should be performed. Guidelines used to state that women should have annual examinations. However, guidelines have changed a bit in recent years. Of course, guidelines are different for women who are at a high risk of cervical cancer and for those who have had positive Pap smears in the past.
At Huntington Women’s Health, we can better help you understand your need for a Pap smear and the amazing benefits that it can bring to your body. As a female, it’s important to care for your wonderful body so that it continues to protect you for many more years. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Huntington.