The Pap Smear Exam

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Dr Keith Reisler
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For more than 20 years, Keith Reisler, MD, has provided women in the Plano, Texas, area with comprehensive gynecologic and obstetric care. As an OBGYN, Dr. Keith Reisler performs minimally invasive procedures and administers preventative care for women of all ages.

A procedure that many women receive from their OBGYN is a Pap smear exam. The purpose of a Pap smear is to determine whether or not precancerous cells are present in a woman’s cervix. The tests consists of a doctor or nurse taking a sample of cells from the cervix, transferring them to a glass slide, and then sending the slide off for laboratory testing. The results can usually be processed within a week.

One in 10 Pap smear tests reveals abnormalities, but less than one percent of these cases are cancerous. If any abnormalities exist, the OBGYN who performed the exam may recommend further testing.

Some women choose to have a yearly Pap smear as part of their overall female wellness checkup. However, many physicians believe it is acceptable to have a Pap smear every three years for women between the ages of 18 and 70.