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ASCUS
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benign cellular changes
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cervical cancer
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cervix
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cervical dysplasia
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epithelial cell abnormality
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HSIL
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LSIL
pelvic exam
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Definition: A screening tool used to detect changes in the cervix which can indicate the presence of cervical cancer or other changes. The Pap smear is the only screening tool for any type of cancer which has lead to a decrease in the number of occurrences and deaths.

Related Resources:

Pap Smear Resource Center
Everything you need to know about Pap smears from how to prepare for a Pap smear to what your Pap smear results mean.


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