A Pap smear or cervical smear (Pap test) is a medical test used to look for abnormal cells in a woman’s cervix. Detecting these cells early can reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Pap smears are recommended for sexually active women at least every two years — more often for women at high risk.
For health professionals
Pap tests are recommended for all Australian women aged between 18 and 70 as part of the national cervical cancer screening program.
Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the right patient and using it at the right time. NPS MedicineWise has compiled some of the latest evidence on medical tests commonly used in primary care.