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Pap Tests A Healthy Habit For Life

Pap Tests: A Healthy Habit For Life
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National Cancer Institute

Make your appointment for a Pap test today!

5. Where do I get a Pap test?

  • Doctor's office
  • Medical clinic
  • Local health department

6. Who needs to have a Pap test?

You do if:

  • You are over 18; or
  • You are 18 or under and have sex.

There is no upper age limit for a Pap test?

Frequently, women who have gone through menopause still need to get Pap tests.

7. Why is a Pap test important to me?

Because it can tell if you have cancer of the cervix early -- while it's still easier to cure.

It can save your life!

For more information on the Pap test, call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Persons with TTY equipment, dial 1-800-332-8615. You can also visit the National Cancer Institute's Web site at

1. Could I have cancer of the cervix and not know it?

YES -- often there is no pain. And this kind of cancer kills many women every year.

2. What does that mean for me?

It means get a Pap test. A Pap test can find cancer early. If it's found early, it's easier to cure.

3. How often should I get a Pap test?

Most women should get yearly Pap tests. But if you have had normal Pap test results for several years, you doctor may change your schedule for checkups.

4. How is a Pap test done?

The nurse or doctor wipes a tiny brush on the cervix in your vagina. This takes only a few seconds.

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