The 'Pap' or cervical smear and the role of colposcopy in screening for carcinoma of the cervix.

Cervical cancer is the commonest female genital tract cancer in Singaporean women with an annual age-standardized rate of 17.4 per 100,000. High risk factors are early sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners and cigarette smoking. Population screening with annual cervical (Pap) smears after beginning sexual activity until age 35 and at 5 year intervals… CONTINUE READING