When to get a PAP Exam
By Community Health Clinic
August 17, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: PAP Exam   Pap Smear  

A PAP exam also referred to as a pap smear, is short for the Papanicolaou test, named for George Papanicolaou who was the physician who pioneered the technique. It is an important procedure for women to screen for cervical cancer. But what should you expect during the screening and when should you get a PAP exam in Greensburg, Vandergrift, and New Kensington, PA? Doctors and medical staff at the Community Health Clinic are available to help with these questions and more!

What To Expect

The PAP exam is one of the best screening methods to help prevent cervical cancer through early detection. It works by detecting cell changes on the cervix, also called precancers, that could become cancerous if left untreated. At the Community Health Clinic in Greensburg, Vandergrift, and New Kensington, PA, a PAP exam is performed by a doctor who will use a speculum to examine the vagina and cervix before collecting cells and mucus from the cervix with a swab. This sample will then be sent to the laboratory for analysis.

When To Get Screened

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends women start getting PAP exams at the age of 21. Following normal results, PAP exams may occur every three years following your first exam. If you are over the age of 29, your doctor may recommend additional testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) during the PAP exam. With the additional testing for HPV, some women may be able to push PAP tests to every five years from the age of 30 to 65 if both tests are found to be normal. After the age of 65, most women no longer need to get PAP exams. For any abnormal results, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing.

Visit Us Today!

If you are overdue for a PAP exam, the friendly and highly-trained staff at the Community Health Clinic is here to help! To make an appointment for a PAP exam in Greensburg, Vandergrift, or New Kensington, PA, please call (724) 335-3334.