Cancer & Disease Screening
One of the most important aspects of an annual physical exam is the pap smear. Pap smears are a quick and relatively painless portion of the exam, but can tell the physician vital information about your reproductive health. These are the most common cancer screening for women, along with a routine breast cancer screening.
Women’s health screenings are one of the many services we offer at WHCL. A comprehensive cancer screening along with annual pap smears can be the difference between catching early cancer cells for early treatment and late-stage discovery upon symptom arrival.
Abnormal pap smears are rarely indicative of cervical cancer; however, it could mean that some cervical cells are beginning to mutate due to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as human papillomavirus (HPV). While the body is capable of clearing STIs, it is important for your gynecologist to be aware of abnormal pap smears and keep a close eye on annual results. If the body is not able to clear the infection, you are at an elevated risk for cervical cancer.