Cancer Gone Viral: Understanding 'abnormal' Pap Smear results
HPV Human Papillomavirus Cervical Cancer

Cancer Gone Viral: Understanding 'abnormal' Pap Smear results

Dr. Talia Henkle
Dr. Talia Henkle

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!


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