David L. Greenspan, MD
OB-GYN located in Phoenix, AZ
Routine cervical cancer screening is fast and simple, and it’s one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy. With expertise in cervical cancer screening, Dr. David L. Greenspan performs cervical cancer screening at his Phoenix, Arizona OB/GYN practice. This screening is designed to determine if you’re at risk for cervical cancer so you can receive appropriate preventive care and disease treatment. Contact the offices of David L. Greenspan, MD, to arrange for your screening today.
Cervical Cancer Screening Q & A
What is cervical cancer screening?
Cervical cancer screening helps find cancer at an early stage. When Dr. Greenspan discovers abnormal tissue or cancer early on, it may be easier to treat. A screening test doctor does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Screening tests can be given when you have no cancer symptoms. If a screening test result shows abnormalities, Dr. Greenspan may need to order more tests.
Cervical cancer screening test is a simple in-office test called a Pap test and HPV testing. The Pap test looks at a small sample of cells from the cervix, evaluating them for abnormal changes associated with cancer. HPV testing can help identify those at greatest risks and need for more frequent screening or further evaluation. The test is painless and quick and it’s performed during a normal pelvic exam.
In addition to a Pap test, a second type of evaluation called colposcopy can also be used to screen for cancer. Colposcopy usually is performed after a Pap smear returns an abnormal result.
How is a Pap test performed?
A Pap test is performed during a routine pelvic exam.
While you’re lying on your back, Dr. Greenspan will use a lubricated speculum to widen the vaginal canal to make it easier to access the cervix.
Then he’ll insert a long-handled swab and use it to remove cells from the surface of the cervix, wiping them off with the soft tip of the swab.
The cell sample is evaluated under a microscope to look for signs associated with cervical cancer.
How often should I be screened for cervical cancer?
Since a Pap test can be performed during a routine pelvic exam, there’s no excuse for skipping this very important exam.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend all women to have Pap tests every three years beginning at age 21.
Women 30 years old and older can have a Pap test and an HPV test every three to five years.
Once you reach age 65, you may be able to stop having Pap tests, depending on your risk factors for cervical cancer.
If you’re over age 65, talk to Dr. Greenspan about whether Pap tests are recommended to help you stay healthy.