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    Abnormal Pap Test / Pap Test Directory

    A Pap test is usually done as part of a woman's routine pelvic exam. During a Pap test, a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix is collected and then examined in a lab for abnormal cell changes. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about Pap tests, how and when they are done, what they look for, and much more.

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    Women have been going to their gynecologists for Pap tests for more than 50 years. And their vigilance has paid off: Mortality rates from cervical cancer have dropped 70%, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But a woman's chance of getting a false negative -- a result that says she's healthy when she really has cancer or pre-cancerous cells -- is still between 10

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