Pap smears are vital for diagnosing cervical cancer early. At Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists, M.D.P.C., you can receive the cancer screenings you need to protect your health. The practice provides pelvic exams, Pap smears, and other essential preventive services. If your test results are abnormal, the team helps you develop a personalized care plan. The board-certified OB/GYNs have the expertise you need if you wind up facing a cancer diagnosis. Don't skip your next routine exam or Pap smear. Call the office in Woodbury, Minnesota, today or schedule an appointment online.
Pap smears are an essential part of your preventive care plan. This simple, in-office test checks for cancerous cells around your cervix.
While cervical cancer is often curable, a good prognosis depends on early diagnosis. Getting regular Pap smears helps ensure that cancer is discovered when it's still treatable.
Often, cervical cancer causes no symptoms. That's why it's important to get regular Pap smears, even if you feel healthy. You should also see a physician right away if you notice the following symptoms:
If you experience pain or abnormal bleeding, your Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists physician performs a complete physical exam. They may also order specialized tests to check for cancer in your reproductive system.
How often should I receive a Pap smear?
The team recommends that women start receiving Pap smears around age 21. You should plan on getting a Pap smear at least once every three years until you're 65. Regardless of whether a Pap smear is performed, they recommend a gynecologic exam every year.
Keep in mind that some women are at a higher risk of cervical cancer than others. If you've been diagnosed with HPV or had abnormal Pap results in the past, you may need a Pap smear each year. Your Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists physician helps you review your risk factors and decide how often to get tested.
If you've never received a Pap smear, you might be a little nervous. However, a Pap smear is a simple procedure that usually takes just a few minutes.
First, your physician inserts a speculum into your vagina. A speculum is a medical device that holds your vaginal walls apart. Next, they use a small brush to collect a sample of cells from your cervix.
Finally, your physician prepares the sample and sends it to a lab for testing. After your exam, the staff lets you know when your results will be available. If your results are normal, no further testing is necessary. You can simply follow up at your next annual exam.
In some cases, your results may show that further tests are needed. If your results are abnormal, your Adefris & Toppin Women’s Specialists physician explains what happens next.
You may need more tests to determine whether you have cancer. If these follow-up tests confirm a cancer diagnosis, your OB/GYN works with you to make decisions about your treatment and care.
Need to arrange your next Pap smear? Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.