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Cervical cancer screening tests can help your doctor find and treat abnormal cell changes on your cervix before they develop into cervical cancer. These tests may be done as part of a pelvic examination.
Talk with your doctor about cervical cancer screening. Guidelines for when to start having Pap tests and how to often have them vary from province to province. Your doctor can help you find a cervical cancer screening program in your area.
If you are sexually active, it's a good idea to have regular testing for sexually transmitted infections.
The results of your Pap test may come back as normal, unclear, or abnormal. If your results are:
The results of your HPV test will be negative or positive. If it is positive, high-risk HPV cells were found. If your results are:
Other Works ConsultedCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (2013). Cervical Cancer Screening With the HPV Test and the Pap Test in Women Ages 30 and Older. Accessed Sept. 17, 2013: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/pdf/HPV_Testing_2012_English.pdf.Sawaya GF, et al. (2015). Cervical cancer screening in average-risk women: Best practice advice from the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Annals of Internal Medicine, 162(12): 851–859. DOI: 10.7326/M14-2426. Accessed June 19, 2015.
Adaptation Date: 8/18/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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