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What Sort of Pap Test Is Best For Cancer Detection

Cervical cancer screening, even as the female population gets to be vaccinated against HPV disease, is still very important.

All current pap tests use a swab of the outer and the inner cervix for cell collection.

The test known as a ‘pap test’ is really a visual inspection of the cells from the cervix.

A test that begins with screening for HPV infection first is another option.

Screening with both a pap and the HPV is known as a co-test. This test finds 95% of all cervical cancers, and is the best test that is offered.

It is very important for Black and Hispanic women to undergo routine pap smear screening. These groups are significantly more likely to die from cervical cancer, which is mostly a preventable disease if caught in the pre-cancer stages.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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