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Pap smear

Pap smear

Overview

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

Review Date 7/30/2021

Updated by: Anna C. Edens Hurst, MD, MS, Associate Professor in Medical Genetics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. 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.