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    Cervical Cancer - Exams and Tests

    Early detection

    The Pap test is a routine screening test used to find abnormal cell changes of the cervix and to screen for cervical cancer. Regular Pap test screening is the most important tool in finding and treating cervical cell changes before they progress to cervical cancer.

    The recommended Pap test schedule is based on your age and things that increase your risk. Talk to your doctor about how often to have this test.

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    Cervical Dysplasia

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    Diagnostic tests

    If cervical cancer is suspected, your doctor will ask about your medical history and do a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and a Pap test.

    Tests to confirm a diagnosis of cervical cancer include:

    Tests to find out the stage and treatment

    Tests to find the extent (stage) of cervical cancer include:

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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