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Pap smears: a quick win to save lives

[Johannesburg, 20 February 2014] - Chatting to girlfriends about getting a pap smear may be a bit awkward but avoiding regular screenings can be detrimental to preventing cancer.

We South African women need to get talking about our sexual and reproductive health, and working on debunking some of the myths about pap smears and other aspects of sexual health.

The simple test, that takes less than 15 minutes at a hospital, clinic or your nearest local Marie Stopes centre, looks for changes in the cells of the cervix. Changes happen very slowly but can lead to serious problems like cervical cancer, which often has no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage.
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Pap smears: a quick win to save lives

Last updated : 20 February 2014

 
 

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