Abnormal Pap smear results

Abnormal Pap stain, Hospital of Monfalcone, Italy
Abnormal cells on a Pap smear are often associated with the discovery of cervical cancer, but negative results on the test do not necessarily indicate cancer. Transient infection, other causes of inflammation, and problems with the sample are all potential reasons for abnormal results. An abnormal Pap smear result means that additional testing is necessary, usually a second test a few months after the first abnormal results. Doctors may pursue additional tests to confirm the findings and determine if there are any risks of cancer.

Read more about what an abnormal Pap smear means.

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