Cervical cancer is detected with a test called the Pap test. The doctor takes a small sample of cells from cervix and sends them to a laboratory where they check for abnormal changes. All women between 25 and 65 years of age should have a Pap.
Exams and Tests
Precancerous changes of the cervix and cervical cancer cannot be seen with the naked eye. Special tests and tools are needed to spot such conditions.
- Pap smears screen for pre-cancers and cancer, but do not make a final diagnosis.
- If abnormal changes are found, the cervix is usually examined under magnification. This is called colposcopy. Pieces of tissue are surgically removed (biopsied) during this procedure and sent to a laboratory for examination.
Click here to view the Health Authority Abu Dhabi recommendation for Cervical cancer screening.
How to be prepared for Pap test?
Many things can cause wrong test results by washing away or hiding abnormal cells of the cervix. So, doctors suggest that for 2 days before the test you avoid:
- Using tampons
- Using vaginal creams, suppositories, and medicines
- Using vaginal deodorant sprays or powders
- Having sex