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March 22, 2017

Cervical Cancer Screening (PAP)

 Here are 9 things to remember about PAP tests:

1.  PAP tests (a.k.a. PAP smears) are not always 100% accurate.

2.  If you were born between 1940 and 1971 and your mother took a synthetic form of estrogen called diethylstilbestrol (DES) when she was pregnant with you, you may require additional PAP testing for a rare form of cancer.

 3.  HPV testing can be done at the same time you get your PAP testing.

4.  If your PAP result is “ASC-US” (atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance), this means that some cells from the lining of the outer cervix do not appear normal.

5.  If your PAP result is “ASC-H” (atypical squamous cells, cannot exclude HSIL), this means that cervical cells do not appear normal and a high-grade lesion may be present, but the cell changes are too minor to know for sure.

6.  If your PAP result is “LSIL” (low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion), this means that squamous cells are abnormal but are usually not precancerous.

7.  If your PAP result is “HSIL” (high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion), this means that the lesion is precancerous and without treatment may turn to invasive cancer.

8.  If your PAP result is “AIS” (adenocarcinoma in situ), this means there is a precancerous lesion in the glandular tissue of the cervix.

9.  If your PAP result is “Cancer”, this means there are cancer cells present in the cervix. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer or some other cancer, such as breast cancer, and you want to find out whether your cancer was diagnosed as soon as it should have been call us at 412-471-4300, or email us.  At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, our attorneys specialize in medical malpractice, and work on cases in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Beaver, Erie, Washington, and all courts in Western Pennsylvania.  Our team of lawyers will find out what happened with your medical care and will get you the answers to your questions.

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