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Thinprep Pap Test

The Pap test is the primary method used to screen for cervical cancer because it can detect changes before cancer develops.

The Canadian Cancer Society strongly recommends that sexually active women between the ages of 21 and 69 be screened for cervical cancer. Regular Pap tests can find changes and oddities in the cervix before cancer develops. Most changes can be detected and treated easily and successfully.

Description of technology

More accurate than a conventional “Pap smear” the Thinprep Pap Test can be combined with the Thin Prep Imaging System to detect disease even more accurately. With the Thin Prep Imaging System, your test is actually screened twice, first by a high tech imaging machine and then by a professional. If any abnormalities are found, the results will be reviewed by a pathologist, specially trained to detect cancer.

Clinical indications

For women over 30 whose Pap test results show certain specific abnormalities, an HPV test is recommended. HPV, or human papillomavirus, is a virus, often transmitted sexually, that can lead to or be associated with certain kinds of cancers. HPV is very common, and having it doesn’t at all mean you have or will have cancer, but in attempting to detect cancer in its earliest stages, it can help doctors to know if a patient has certain kinds of HPV.