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Abnormal Pap Test

January 9, 2011

What is an abnormal Pap test?

A Pap test, or Pap smear, is part of a woman’s routine physical exam. It is the best way to prevent cervical cancer, because it can find cells on your cervix that could turn into cancer. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina.

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that leads to the vagina. It is also called the "neck of the womb."

When your doctor says that your Pap test was “abnormal,” it means that the test found some cells on your cervix that do not look normal. It does not mean that you have cancer. In fact, the chances that you have cancer are very small.

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