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Pap Test


What is a Pap Test?Part of a pelvic exam, the pap test is also called a pap smear.  The pap test is a screening test usually done as part of a yearly check-up.  Your doctor or health care provider does the Pap test by removing a small sample of cells from your cervix. These cells are sent to a laboratory to be tested. These pages describes the test, how it works and why you should make the test a regular part of your healthy lifestyle.

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