A Pap smear is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. It involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that’s at the top of your vagina.
Why The Test is Performed
Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these abnormal cells early with a Pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.
Abnormal Test Results
If your results come back positive, it doesn’t mean you have cancer. There are several reasons you could have an abnormal Pap smear.