What is a Pap test?
It is a simple test in which your gynecologist examines the cervix to see if there are alterations in cells not due to hormonal changes or age.
Science and the whole world owes the discovery of Pap Test or Test Papanikolaou to George Papanikolaou, the Greek physician and biologist who discovered during his research the innovative for the time method of coatings. He initially applied the method in 1923 to study the normal genital functions and then for the diagnosis of cervical cancer.
The first announcement of the usefulness in diagnosis of cervical cancer, was back in 1928. Today the method is internationally known as the Pap test and it is applied worldwide for the early diagnosis of neoplasms and has saved many women from the scourge of cancer.
Pap Test in Omnigen
The examination (Pap test) is made by the Liquid Phase Cytology method. After receiving the vial, special identification tags are placed and the process starts. We check for cell alterations (neoplasms) that can develop into cancer of the cervix.
Why you should do the Pap test?
Prevention is the best cure. Cancer of the cervix is the second most common cancer among women. However, it can be diagnosed early with the Pap test that shows suspicious alterations of cells that may develop into cancer of the cervix. In women not regularly monitored by Pap Test, cancer of the cervix can develop without being noticed as there are no early symptoms. When symptoms appear, the disease is already at an advanced stage.
The Pap test can also detect some sexually transmitted diseases, infections, herpes, vaginitis and cervicitis.
When you should do your first Pap Test?
The first examination by your gynecologist should be right after the first sexual intercourse or at the age of 21 years.