John Bailey here from Hunter Women’s Health Centre and today I want to talk to you about the importance of having a regular pap smear, and what an abnormal result means for you.
A pap smear checks for any changes in the cells of the cervix, or the neck of the womb. It is vital that any sexually active woman has a regular pap smear, once every two years. A pap smear is a screening test that identifies early warning signs of potential future cancer. If any abnormal changes are found at the screening, further tests may be done to identify if any treatment is necessary.
Many women who receive an abnormal result experience anxiety or become very worried about what this means for them, however, not all abnormal results require treatment, and those that do are treated with ease and very successfully.
An Abnormal Pap smear results simply means that some of the cells of the cervix look slightly different from the normal cells.
If you receive an abnormal result, it may require a follow-up test, in many cases this is simply a repeat Pap smear test. Further tests may occur if your health care professional believes it is necessary. These tests can include a colposcopy – a test that gives your doctor a closer view of the extent and nature of the abnormal cells. Or they may wish to take a small tissue sample from your cervix during a colposcopy to examine in a laboratory, this test is called a biopsy.
So, if you are due to have a Pap smear, or you are worried about receiving an abnormal result, call Hunter Women’s Health Centre today on 02 4959 3883 to discuss any concerns you may have.
We look forward to hearing from you!
That’s all from me today,