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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I have an abnormal smear test result, does this mean it is cancer?

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  • Associate Professor Stephen WeinsteinDirector of Pathology, Gold Coast Hospital Campus View Profile

    No, it does not. In the great majority of situations, an abnormal Pap smear does not mean it's cancer, and that's the whole purpose of Pap smears, is to pick up abnormalities before they progress to cancer. Abnormal Pap smears can be caused by a number of different things, including infections as well as precancerous conditions, and when those precancerous conditions are picked up before they become malignant, that's the purpose of using Pap smears as a preventive tool.

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