Dr. Daniel E. Bolet, M.D.

Dr. Daniel E. Bolet, M.D.

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What are the new guidelines for Pap smears?

“I’m here for my yearly Pap smear,” is a phrase commonly heard by gynecologists. Many women are under the impression that a Pap smear test – a screening for cervical cancer done during a pelvic exam – is an annual medical necessity. That was the case in the past, but not today. Since the 1940s, Pap smears – named after Dr. George Papanicolaou, the developer of the technique – have been the gold standard in cervical cancer screening techniques. After cells are collected from the