What Is a Cervical Screening Test?

Q:
What is a cervical screening test?

A:
A cervical screening test is a process to detect the abnormal cells in the cervix. It can help find cancer cells and risk factors that may lead to cervical cancer. People with early-stage cervical cancer may have no symptoms, so getting cervical screening tests regularly is an essential way to prevent and find cervical cancer.

Cervical screening tests include a Pap test and an HPV DNA test. A Pap test aims to detect the abnormal cells in the cervix, and an HPV DNA test can find HPV infections in the cervix. Women should start a Pap test after age 20, and an HPV DNA test is fit for women aged 30 or older.

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