Why Are Pap Tests Important
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections that affects both women and men. HPV is passed from one person to another through intimate sexual contact. HPV can cause changes in the cells of the cervix that may develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.
The Pap test is currently the most effective screening test available for finding abnormal cells of the cervix. Without regular Pap tests, abnormal cervical cells will go unnoticed and may develop into cancer if not treated.