A test carried out on a sample of cells from the cervix to check for abnormalities that may be indicative of cervical cancer.
- Although pelvic examinations can screen for reproductive problems or abnormalities, only a Pap test will detect early cervical cancer or precancers.
- Post-hysterectomy Pap tests may detect vaginal cancer, but the yield and predictive value are low, and the test was never designed for this purpose.
- Combined Pap test and HPV testing detected all cases of high-grade CIN, but our results did not reach statistical significance.
1960s: from a shortening of the name of the anatomist George Nicholas Papanicolaou, who devised the technique, + test1.
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