This is a screening test used to detect abnormal cells in the cervix, which is the opening to the uterus. An abnormal cell is a cell that is different from the way it should be. Detecting abnormal cells early enough will ensure that early treatment or interventions can be undertaken that can prevent the risk of cervical cancer.
The most common way to detect these cells is through a method called a pap smear, but other methods are also available. During a pap smear the Service Provider will gently scrape the outer opening of the cervix to collect cells, which are then viewed under a microscope to detect any pre-cancerous cells. For best results, a pap smear should not be conducted while the woman is menstruating (bleeding).
For more information speak to the Service Providers at NAPPA clinics.