Screening for cervical cancer
Screening means checking for a disease in a group of people who don’t show any symptoms of the disease. Screening tests help find cervical cancer before any symptoms develop. When cervical cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better.
If you’ve ever been sexually active, you should start having regular Pap tests by the time you’re 21. You’ll need a Pap test every 1 to 3 years, depending on your previous test results.
Find out more about cervical cancer screening.
A procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix (the lower, narrow part of the uterus, or womb) and examined under a microscope.
The Pap test is used to detect precancerous changes to the cervix and cervical cancer.
Also called Papanicolaou test or Papanikolaou test.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
Making progress in the cancer fight
The 5-year cancer survival rate has increased from 25% in the 1940s to 60% today.