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Health Tip of the Day

What to Ask Your Doctor About a Pap Smear

  • What information accompanies the sample to the laboratory? The Pap smear test depends on human judgment, and the interpretation of the test sample is based in part on an accompanying patient history relating to cervical cancer risk factors.

  • Will I receive a copy of the test results and an explanation of what they mean?

You and your doctor should discuss test results and plan the next steps required. In the case of normal tests, you should discuss when to schedule your next exam and Pap smear.