Annual well-woman exams are important for women at every age to maintain wellness and health and for early disease detection.
- The pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer. The cervix is at the top of your vagina, and it is part of the outer uterus. We use a small brush (imagine a small toothbrush) to collect some cells from your cervix. It goes to a lab, and a specialist looks at your cells under a microscope.
- A colposcopy is performed after an abnormal Pap test. It is simply a way to take a closer look at the cervix and identify any abnormal cervical cells.