Cervical cancer was once the most prevalent cancer in women in the U.S., killing more women than any other type of cancer. Pap smears have changed this statistic significantly, reducing the number of cases and deaths over the last few decades. Routine pap tests can detect cancer and pre-cancer cells in the cervix, allowing for effective treatment for women at risk for cervical cancer. At Rapid Healthcare, we offer many women’s health services, including same day pap smears at our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.
During a pap test, a small number of cells are collected from the cervix, which is located between the vagina and the uterus. These cells are screened for any cancerous cells or abnormalities. Pap smears can detect pre-cancerous cells, which can allow medical professionals to proactively provide medical treatment to prevent cervical cancer.
Pap smears are recommended for women ages 21-65, usually every three years. This procedure is usually done during an annual exam, often including a pelvic exam. Some women may be at higher risk for cervical cancer and require more frequent pap smears. These include women with a history of abnormal or precancerous pap smears, as well as those with HIV, weakened immune system and smokers. High risk women may benefit from annual pap smears as a preventive measure.
Cervical Cancer Prevention
Pap smears have greatly reduced the prevalence of cervical cancer, but the CDC still estimates that about 14,000 women a year will be diagnosed and over 4,000 women will die of the disease. Our medical team can provide information on cervical cancer protection, including information on HPV testing. The human papillomavirus or HPV is a sexually-transmitted infection or STI that can cause cervical cancer. HPV testing and HPV vaccination in young women and men are options to help in cervical cancer prevention.
Preventive healthcare has helped reduce the number of deaths from cancer. Routine exams are important for reducing cancer risks, including cervical cancer. If you are due for a women’s health exam, come see us at Rapid Healthcare. We offer same day appointments for pap smears and other women’s health services at our walk-in clinic in Bolingbrook, IL.