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Pap smear

The Pap smear

Overview

A Pap test is a simple, relatively inexpensive procedure that can easily detect cancerous or precancerous conditions.

Review Date 8/5/2017

Updated by: Frank A. Greco, MD, PhD, Director, Biophysical Laboratory, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital, Bedford, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.