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What are PAP Tests?

A Pap Smear, sometimes also known as a "Pap Test" or "Pap", is a screening test for cervical cancer in people with a cervix. The cervix is found at the lower, narrow end of the uterus. A Pap Smear collects cells from the cervix, in order to screen those cells for changes. These changes can be benign in nature, but can also be precancerous or cancerous. That is why the Pap Smear is meant to act as a screening for detecting and preventing progression of cervical cancer. For most people with a cervix, Paps do not need to begin until the age of 21. Note: you can stop regular screening at 70 if you have had three or more normal PAP tests in the previous 10 years.


This service is open to anyone in the North Simcoe community at no cost.

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