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12 Mar 2003

pap smear
what is a pap smear test and what is the procedure
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01 Jan 0001

A pap smear takes scapings from the cervix to test for cancer of the cervix. To do this a speculum is passed into the vagina and a small wooden stick is used to take the smear. It is sometimes slightly uncomfortable but should not be painful. When you become sexually active, you should start having regular pap smears.

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