Pap Test Changes
Cervical cancer can be detected in its earliest stages with a Pap test, or Pap smear. Named after the doctor credited with the test’s invention, George Papanicolaou, this screening can detect cellular changes that may eventually become cervical cancer.
Thanks to Pap tests, precancerous lesions are diagnosed much more often than actual, invasive cervical cancer. Even so, it is estimated that more than 4,000 women a year will die from cervical cancer. The average age a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with cervical cancer is 50 years old.