A Pap test, also called a Pap smear, is a method to test for cervical cancer in woman by collecting cells from the cervix. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include abnormal vaginal bleeding and experiencing pain during sex.
It is possible to have HPV for years and not know it. It stays in your body and can lead to cervical cancer years after you were infected, which is why it is important for you to have regular Pap tests. A Pap test can find changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer. If you treat these cell changes, you may prevent cervical cancer. The Pap smear is usually done in conjunction with a pelvic exam. In general, a gynecologist recommends beginning Pap smear testing at age 21 and then every two or three years. After age 30, Pap smears are generally recommended every three years, or every five years when the Pap smear is combined with an HPV test.
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Dr. Dannie Zhou
Dr. Dannie Zhou has had a long distinguished career in Gynecological medicine, starting in 1987 when she graduated from a top 10 Medical University, the Qiqihar Medical College in Heilongjiang. Since then, Dr. Zhou has specialized in Gynecology and Maternity at many of China’s renowned medical Institutions including the Jiamusi Central Hospital, Beijing Maternity hospital and Beijing Tiantan Hospital
Dr. Zhou is currently the Chief Physician in Puhua International Hospitals’ Gynecology Department. Dr. Zhou specializes in common gynecological; myoma of the uterus & ovaries, female endocrine disorders, and antenatal care