Cytology - Cervical Collection
Adequate cell collection during Pap tests plays a critical role in the screening of sexually transmitted diseases such as N. gonorrheae, Chlamydia, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. If left untreated many of these diseases can result in serious health conditions, infertility and specifically in the case of cervical cancer, life threatening consequences. HPV is a family of very common viruses which is linked to almost all cases of cervical cancer. Long-standing infection can lead to changes in the cells that can progress to cancer. It is these cell changes that a Pap test can detect. Early detection of HPV and other STD’s mean that the infections can be treated before they become a more serious health risk to the patient.