Your Annual Gynecology Visit and Cervical Cancer Screening

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What is Cervical cancer screening? The Papanicolaou smear, more commonly called the PAP smear, is a test routinely performed during your gynecology visit. The PAP test screens women for cervical dysplasia, which is pre-cancerous cells, or cancer. This test may simultaneously screen for HPV, or human papillomavirus. How is this test performed? Your doctor will