The pap test, also known as a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of the cervix that can be early signs of cervial cancer. Cervical cancer is a common cancer that has a very high cure rate when caught early. If Pap results are abnormal, further testing or treatment may be necessary. Many abnormalities resolve without leading to cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women get regular pap tests. Women under age 30 should have a Pap test every 2 years. After age 30, the frequency of testing depends on the woman's age and health history.
This indicator shows the percentage of women aged 18 and over who have had a Pap smear in the past three years.