Pap Smears And Cervical Cancer Screenings

LaSante Health Center

Multi-Specialty Health Clinic located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY

Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings are safe and effective ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer. These procedures are quick, minimally invasive, and provide peace of mind. At LaSante Health Center in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens area of Brooklyn, New York, the team offers Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings to adults. Call LaSante Health Center today to schedule an appointment or book your visit online. 

Pap Smears and Cervical Cancer Screenings Q & A

What are Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings?

Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings are outpatient procedures that diagnose cervical cancer when it’s easiest to treat. 

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages all women ages 21 and older to undergo a Pap smear every three years. After age 65, most women can stop having cervical cancer screenings.

Are there different types of cervical cancer screenings?

The LaSante Health Center team offers two types of cervical cancer screenings:

Pap smears

During a Pap smear, your LaSante Health Center provider collects a sample of cells from your cervix. Then, they send your sample to a laboratory where your cells are viewed under a microscope to check for abnormalities. 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) testing

An HPV test is similar to a Pap smear. During the procedure, your provider uses a small spatula or brush (called a sampler) to collect cervical cells. The cells are then sent to a lab for testing. 

 

The LaSante Health Center team often completes Pap smears and HPV testing together. 

How do I prepare for a Pap smear or cervical cancer screening?

Preparing for a Pap smear or cervical cancer screening is easy. There are only two requirements. First, avoid sexual intercourse or douching for at least 48 hours before your cervical cancer screening. 

 

Second, schedule the test for a time when you aren’t having your period. 

How long do Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings take?

Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings typically take 10 minutes or less. During both procedures, mild pressure and a scraping sensation are normal. Your LaSante Health Center provider is careful to ensure the process is comfortable and pain-free. 

What if my Pap smear or cervical cancer screening is positive?

If your Pap smear or cervical cancer screening result is positive, it doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer. Instead, it indicates you have abnormal cervical cells that could potentially cause cancer in the future. 

 

Your LaSante Health Center provider might recommend additional testing depending on the type and amount of abnormal cervical cells. For example, they could recommend a colposcopy or a biopsy.

 

A colposcopy lets your provider examine your vaginal, vulvar, and cervical tissues under a microscope, while a biopsy collects a small sample of cervical tissue for additional analysis.

 

Call LaSante Health Center today to schedule a Pap smear or cervical cancer screening, or book your appointment online.