Management of Abnormal Pap Smears. If you have made your way to this topic it’s probably because you have been sent to our practice for evaluation of either an abnormal pap smear or a manifestation of HPV.
Cancer Council Australia Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Working Party. National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Pap smears are often performed as part of a routine gynecological examination. This screening test allows gynecologists to detect abnormal cells that can be indicative of cervical cancer or cervical dysplasia, which is a precancerous condition.
Risks. A Pap smear is a safe way to screen for cervical cancer. However, a Pap smear isn't foolproof. It's possible to receive false-negative results — meaning that the test indicates no abnormality, even though you do have abnormal cells.
In the 1950’s George Papanicolaou and Herbert Traut developed a test to screen for cervical cancer in women called the pap smear test. This was at a time when cervical cancer was the leading cause of death in women in the United States.