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Abnormal Pap test

A Pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. An abnormal Pap test shows that cells in the cervix have changed from a normal to an abnormal appearance. Only a small number of abnormal Pap test results are cell changes that may progress to cervical cancer. Changes in cervical cells may go away on their own or may progress slowly. So it is important to have regular cervical cancer screening tests.


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