Carrollwood - Multi Specialty Campus

12500 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, Florida 33618

Suite D


Fax: 813.377.1681

Women Can Schedule a Routine Pap Smear at Florida Medical Clinic

Pap Smear

A pap smear is a routine test that is primarily used for cervical screening. Most women over the age of 21 are advised to schedule a pap test once every three years until they turn 65; women over the age of 30 may have the option of combining their pap tests with HPV screenings.

For most women, a routine pap test is a simple way to detect precancerous cervical changes before they develop into more serious concerns. Cervical cancer usually starts as a small cluster of abnormal cells, and a quick and typically painless pap test can detect these cells before they become malignant and spread to other parts of the body.

At Florida Medical Clinic, our Obstetrics and Gynecology Department offers routine pap testing for women of all ages as part of our preventive care services. Our experienced medical professionals can help each woman develop a pap test schedule that reflects her unique needs, although we often take into consideration to the following recommendations:

  • Women should begin scheduling pap tests at age 21; one every three years is adequate.
  • Women can consider combination PAP/HPV testing (also known as co-testing) beginning at 30.
  • Women who have had a hysterectomy (surgery to remove the cervix) or who are over the age of 65 generally do not require pap tests.
  • Women who have previously been diagnosed with cervical cancer or other, related gynecological conditions may require pap tests on a more frequent basis.

We strive to make it as comfortable and convenient as possible for our patients to access the quality women’s healthcare they deserve. We have a team of both male and female providers across several different locations, and appointments can often be scheduled on short notice. And, should a patient’s pap test produce abnormal results, our obstetricians and gynecologists will work hand-in-hand with our pathologists, oncologists, radiologists, and other medical specialists to complete any necessary follow-up testing.

To schedule a pap test at Florida Medical Clinic, contact us today.

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