Pap smear in early detection of cervical cancer
Pap test and its findings
The Pap smear is part of the cervical cancer screening programme in most countries, so the cost of a Pap test is covered by health insurance companies. In Germany, women between the ages of 20 and 34 are entitled to a free Pap test every year, while women over 35 are entitled to one free Pap test along with an HPV test every three years. Other countries are also about to change or have already changed cervical cancer screening to primary HPV screening for older women and using the Pap smear as a primary screening test alone only in the younger patient group.