What Is the Cervix?
The cervix is the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb). It forms a canal that opens into the vagina (birth canal) and leads to the outside of the body.
Cervical cancer is a cancer in the cervix. The most common way to test women for cervical cancer is to perform a Pap test (screening). This screening looks for changes in cervical cells that could turn into cancer. It is important that any changes are found early so you get the best treatment possible.
Most women ages 21 – 65 should get a Pap test at least every 3 years. To make sure this happens, our doctors and nurses need to know when you had your last Pap test—and we need to know the results of your test to know if you need to be seen sooner.
We need to know if you had a Pap test done. If you have had the screening done outside of our Centers, please let us know the date of your test and your results so your health record is complete and we can remind you when it’s time for your next Pap.
Take Charge of Your Health
- Tell your doctor or nurse if you have had a Pap test done within the past 3 years
- If another doctor performs your Pap test, remind him/her to send your test results to your provider at the Center
- Give us permission to get your test results so we can file them in your health record
- Let your doctor or nurse if you have not had a Pap test done within the past 3 years so we can give you one