In 10 seconds? Doctors perform a test called the Pap smear to detect pre-cancerous cells induced by Human Papillomavirus (AKA HPV), which is a virus that can cause cervical cancer (among others). In Part 2 of our "Cancer Gone Viral" series. We are talking about the life-saving procedure that can help prevent cervical cancer.
OK, life-saving procedure sounds great. It is great! But it can also rouse up sensitive issues. Why? Well, if you are a woman who’s attended a cervical cancer screening, chances are you’ve gotten a phone call from your doctor indicating you had an ‘abnormal Pap smear’. Cue instant anxiety for yourself and maybe a partner, since HPV is a sexually transmitted infection. But really, no need to worry. Probability is on your side!