A Pap test may be done as part of a woman's routine physical exam, because it's the best way to prevent cervical cancer. Pap smear abnormalities means that the test picked up cells that do not look normal. Some abnormal cells are more likely than others to be cancerous, including pre-cancer or rarely, cancer of cervix which will need further assessment.
Pap smear abnormalities assessment
- Colposcopy - Looking at the cervix with a big microscope
- An HPV test - Similar to a pap smear, an HPV test is done on a sample of cells taken from the cervix
How Often Should You Have a Pap Smear?
The frequency in which women get Pap smears is not the same for everyone. How often depends on several factors, like age, general health, and findings from previous Pap smears.