When it comes to cervical cancer, there are a few different types of tests that your doctor may recommend. Here at Michigan Institute of Urology, we want you to be as informed as possible so you can make the best decisions for your health. Read on to learn more about the different types of tests for cervical cancer.
Pap Smear Test
One of the most common tests for cervical cancer is the Pap smear test. This test is recommended for women over the age of 21 and is usually done during a routine pelvic exam. During a Pap smear, your doctor will use a small brush to collect cells from your cervix. These cells will then be sent to a laboratory for testing.
Another common test for cervical cancer is the HPV test. HPV stands for human papillomavirus, which is a virus that can cause abnormal cell growth. An HPV test can be done at the same time as a Pap smear. Your doctor will use a small brush to collect cells from your cervix, which will then be sent to a laboratory for testing.
If your Pap smear or HPV test comes back abnormal, your doctor may recommend a colposcopy procedure. During this procedure, your doctor will use a special instrument called a colposcope to examine your cervix more closely. A biopsy may also be taken during this procedure.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cervical cancer or if it is time for your routine pelvic exam, please contact us at Michigan Institute of Urology. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled doctors.
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