A Pap test, also called a Pap smear, is a simple test that can help protect your daughter from cervical cancer. The Pap test can detect abnormal cervical cells before they have a chance to develop into cervical cancer, and it can help catch cervical cancer while it's still early and easy to treat. Remember, a Pap test is one of the best screening methods for detecting abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer.
Pap tests are very important and shouldn't be put off! Up to 50% of women with cervical cancer didn't have their Pap tests as recommended.
Most experts agree that every woman who is, or has been, sexually active should have a Pap test regularly.
Pap tests should be done in combination with a pelvic exam, where the doctor checks to make sure the other parts of the reproductive system (such as the vagina, uterus, and ovaries) are healthy and screens for other sexually transmitted infections.
Many young girls are nervous about going for a Pap test and pelvic exam, and that's understandable.
Talk to your daughter about the importance of having regular pelvic exams and Pap tests. A Pap test can save her life.
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