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High Risk HPV Infects More Than 1 In 5 US Adults: CDC

According to the CDC’s latest report on the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV), more than 42 percent of all American adults from age 18 through 59 are infected with genital HPV. More worryingly, the analysis found that some high-risk strains of human papillomavirus infect 25.1 percent of men and 20.4 percent of women in the […]

Cystatin E/M May Prevent The Growth Of Cervical Cancer Cells

A protein that has the potential to prevent the growth of cervical cancer cells has been discovered by UCLA scientists. The finding could lead to the development of new treatments for the deadly disease. Led by Dr. Eri Srivatsan, a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers found, in a five-year study using […]

Vaccine Might Replace Surgery For Cervical Cancer

A genetically engineered cervical cancer vaccine performed well in a clinical trial, offering hope that many women can one day avoid surgery that short-circuits the disease but threatens their ability to have a baby. The vaccine eradicated high-grade precancerous cervical lesions in nearly half of women who received it, scientists report. The goal of the […]

Pap Smears and Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer can be a life-threatening disease that many women will fall victim to each and every year. To that end, if you are a woman, it is important for you to learn all that you can about the disease so that you can limit the likelihood of you developing it in your body. One of the most potent tools at a doctor’s disposal when it comes to working towards preventing an occurrence of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus test, which is sometimes known as a pap test or pap smear.

Pap Test Basics

Many doctors recommend that pap tests should be taken at least once every two years by females who have had sexual intercourse in their lifetimes. In order to perform a pap test, doctors use a speculum in order to open the vagina so that the cervix can be clearly identified. The doctor then takes a type of spatula and collects some of the cells and mucus that are present on the cervix. They then take a cotton swab and collect the cells so that they can study them.