Pap Smears

Pap Smears

PAP Smears Test in Hooper Medical Centre

A Pap smear is a clinical examination used to check the changes in the cervix region, which is the neck of the womb located at the top of the vagina. PAP Smears test is a screening to find out the early signs of cervical cancer that might be fatal in the future. How often you must get this test done depends upon your age, results of the last Pap smear, and the medical history.


The first Pap smear test is recommended to be done within three years after the first sexual relationship or by the age of 21 years. After a woman crosses 21, she should do both the Pap smear and pelvic examination every two years to check whether she has cervical cancer or not. Women who are above 30 years of age and whose Pap smear is negative three times in a row only need to do a test once in 3 years. Sexually active women should also screen for any sexually transmitted diseases. If you want to do a Pap smear test, you can book your appointment online at Hooper Medical Centre.


How Is the Pap smear Test Conducted?

It is a simple medical procedure where the cells are collected from the cervix region and placed on the slide. The smeared slide is then tested usually. Suppose any abnormal change is identified in the screening. In that case, further tests are carried on to see whether any treatment is needed or not. The Pap smear is not for diagnosing cancer but for identifying the early signs that might lead to cancer. This test hardly takes a few minutes, and no additional drugs and anaesthetics are required.

Doctors at Hooper Medical Centre are well trained to perform Pap smear tests and can help you know about any abnormal results. To book an appointment online call us on 07 4613 0500 or write to us.