Category Archives: pap test

Wow! Stop the presses. Pap scheduling change.

Wow! Stop the presses. Pap scheduling change.  I know…every woman loves to go in to her doctor for a pap.  (Just kidding.)  Years ago we performed paps every year on every woman and that’s how the “annual visit” became synonymous … Continue reading

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Half of cervical pre-cancers are caused by two subtypes of HPV!

HPV subtype 16 was the most commonly detected HPV type among all “high grade” (read this: ominous) cervical lesions. Half of the high-grade cervical lesions had HPV 16 or 18 involved. Then, another 25% of high grade cervical lesions are … Continue reading

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Well-woman visits, starting later.

Well-woman visits.  A rite of passage.  The pap test.  This test has been rethought as the reason for it is to decrease the risk of cervical cancer and researchers have found that we can wait.  Yes, wait!  The annual visit, women should … Continue reading

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Ladies. . . Next screening guideline: cervical cancer.

The American Cancer Society cervical cancer screening guidelines for this are dependent on many factors: age, risk factors, choice of screening test and screening history.  Let’s break it down by age. 21.  Women at average risk should begin screening at … Continue reading

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Cervical cancer. How to make this an extinct problem.

Many cancers are difficult to prevent, detect or cure… none of these are true of cervical cancer.  Women need to have regular medical testing and vaccination (if age-appropriate). What is cervical cancer?  The cervix is the lower part of the … Continue reading

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How often do YOU need a pap?

The Pap smear used to be done every year. . . guidelines have changed.  Read on. . . We perform paps on women to screen for abnormal cells on the cervix.  Cervical cancer is a disease of sexually active women, related to … Continue reading

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When should women have their first pap?

Common question. New guidelines. Let me share. . .ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology)  released a position statement delaying pap screening in adolescents. A pap is now suggested at age 21 unless the patient has HIV or a weak immune system … Continue reading

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