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By Community Health Clinic
August 11, 2022
Category: Health
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Get your Pap exam done with the help of Dr. Charmaine Batac, Dr. Allison Kliber, Dr. Shannon McIntyre, of the Community Health Clinic which has locations in New Kensington, Vandergrift, and Greensburg, PA.

What Is the Purpose of a Pap Smear?

The Papanicolaou test, which is more commonly referred to as a pap smear, is an important procedure that women must undergo regularly. You may already know that pap exams are important, but you may not know exactly why.

Pap tests are conducted because they are excellent early detection tools.

Doctors rely on Pap smears to determine if the human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in a patient’s body. HPV is troublesome because it can bring about the formation of genital warts. Detecting HPV as early as possible is also important because it can increase a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.

Thanks to Pap smears, doctors can find out early on if there are worrisome cells present in your body. You want your doctor to find those cells as early as possible so they can take the appropriate steps to prevent the development of cervical cancer.

Have your Pap exam done with the assistance of Dr. Batac, Dr. Kliber, Dr. McIntyre, of the Community Health Clinic which has offices in New Kensington, Vandergrift, and Greensburg, PA.

When Should You Undergo Pap Smears?

Now that we know why Pap tests are so important, let’s answer another question of great importance. When should you get your Pap exams done?

There is no concrete starting point for Pap exams, but most doctors urge women to get the procedure done for the first time when they reach the age of 21. From there, you and your doctor can work out a schedule for your future examinations. Your schedule will depend on what exams you are planning to take.

If you are only opting for Pap smears, then your doctor will likely tell you to undergo an examination after every three years. Those who only opt for HPV testing will likely be told to return for repeat testing after every five years. Women who get both a Pap smear and an HPV test can wait for five years until their next appointment.

Notably, those recommended timelines assume that your test results are normal. You may need to follow a different schedule if your tests show abnormalities. Women can stop undergoing Pap exams after they turn 65 if all their previous tests were normal.

Call today and schedule a Pap exam with Dr. Batac, Dr. Kliber, and Dr. McIntyre, of the Community Health Clinic which has locations in New Kensington, Vandergrift, and Greensburg, PA. Call today at (724) 335-3334 for the office in New Kensington, PA, (724) 567-5671 for the office in Vandergrift, PA, and (724) 204-1801 for the office in Greensburg, PA.