Pap smear tests form a vital part of women's health care, catching cervical cancer and pre-cancerous cells in their early stages, increasing the likelihood of successful treatment. Jennifer Wu, MD, and Adam Romoff, MD, perform Pap smear testing at Women's Health of Manhattan on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. If you're overdue for this potentially life-saving screening, call the practice today to schedule an appointment or book through this website.
Every year, around 14,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Early cervical cancer detection gives you a greater chance of successfully treating it.
A Pap smear test involves collecting cells from your cervix — the narrow end of the uterus at the top of the vagina — to test for cervical cancer or any abnormal cell changes that could lead to cancer developing if untreated.
Pap tests are very accurate. Regular Pap testing makes the test around 80% effective at detecting abnormal cells, with the test's accuracy increasing the more you stick to a consistent test schedule.
Pap tests can be uncomfortable, but they take just a few minutes and could save your life. Call the experienced team at Women's Health of Manhattan if you have any questions.
Doctors typically begin Pap testing when you turn 21, and they repeat the test every three years. Once you turn 30, you can move to five-year Pap testing if combined with an HPV test. HPV (Human papillomavirus) is an infection that causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
If a Pap smear comes back showing cervical cancer or abnormal cells, or you have certain risk factors — a weak immune system, exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth, a history of smoking, HIV infection — you will need more frequent testing.
You may choose to stop Pap smears after you turn 65 or have a total hysterectomy, an operation to remove the uterus, including the cervix.
Your provider at Women's Health of Manhattan discusses your Pap smear options with you based on your health history, age, and risk factors.
Pap smear tests give you one of three results: normal, unsatisfactory, or abnormal.
Normal cells indicate everything looks fine, and you needn't come back until your next scheduled screening.
Unsatisfactory or unclear results mean that the lab was unable to determine an accurate reading. You will likely need to return for a second test.
Abnormal Pap smear results don't necessarily mean cervical cancer. Most cells return to normal by themselves. But this allows your provider to monitor them and catch any that may turn cancerous before it's too late.
Are you due a Pap smear test? Call Women's Health of Manhattan today or request an appointment through this website.