If you're a woman, you may view the Pap test as somewhat of an inconvenience, or even a few minutes of terror.
As January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, we figured it was high time to talk about the test that adult women are scared to go ahead with: the Pap test. The Pap test, or Pap smear, is so named in honor of its inventor, a Greek doctor called George (Georgios) Nicholas Papanicolaou (1883–1962).
He researched abnormal mutations in the cells of the female reproductive system.
Many women are at risk of cervical cancer, even if they don't think that they are.
A recent article by the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Senior Service Fellow stresses that women may not necessarily feel any symptoms even if they are infected with HPV, which is the main risk factor for this type of cancer.
One colleague said: I've been having Pap tests since my early 20s (by request), and I'm so glad I did. I fear that if I hadn't had the test early, these cells could have become cancerous.