A Pap smear is a preventive screening measure used to determine a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. Regularly investing in Pap smears can alert you to potential problems and maybe even save your life. At Aspen Medical Group, Inc. in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, the team regularly works with women of all ages to perform Pap smears and other in-office cervical cancer screenings. To request your appointment, call the office, or use the online booking tool today.
The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women between the ages of 21 and 65 undergo a Pap smear every three years. For women between the ages of 30 and 65, who want to extend the time between screening processes, cytology in combination with human papillomavirus (HPV) screening allows for testing once every five years.
Yes. If you have a family history of cervical cancer or other risk factors, your doctor might recommend more frequent testing. Common risk factors include:
Your doctor might also recommend more frequent exams if you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear in the past.
During a Pap smear, your Aspen Medical Group, Inc. provider carefully uses a swab to collect a sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. Your doctor sends the cells to a laboratory that tests for abnormalities. By catching cervical cancer in the early stages of development, it’s also much easier to treat.
If the results of your Pap smear are abnormal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. However, your doctor will want to perform additional testing to pinpoint the underlying cause. The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. offers several in-office services, including:
A colposcopy is an outpatient procedure that involves your doctor using a colposcope, or special magnifying glass, to examine the tissues of your cervix, uterus, and vulva. If necessary, your doctor might also take a tissue sample from any areas that appear abnormal.
If your doctor finds abnormal cells during a colposcopy, they might recommend a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). During this type of treatment, your Aspen Medical Group, Inc. provider uses a small electrical wire loop to remove precancerous cells from the surface of your cervix.
Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, is another type of in-office treatment used to destroy precancerous cells in your cervix. During this type of treatment, your doctor uses liquid nitrogen to destroy unhealthy cells. Following treatment, your body begins producing healthier cells.
If it’s been more than three years since your last Pap smear, contact the team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. today. Simply call the office, or use the online booking tool to get started.