A new test that helps find an abnormal pap smear may help doctors identify those who may be at higher risk for the disease, according to new research.
The research was published online by the American Academy of Family Physicians and examined a study involving about 3,000 women in the U.S. The study found that the use of a pap smear as a screening tool was associated with a lower risk of developing papillary carcinoma, which is the most common form of papillary cancer.
The researchers also looked at the relationship between the use and risk of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and about 10 percent of women who get cervical cancer have the papillary form of the disease.
The more a woman uses a pap test to find the abnormal pap, the lower her risk of contracting cervical cancer, the researchers wrote.
“We found that women who use the pap test significantly reduced their risk of having cervical cancer after controlling for other risk factors,” study author Dr. Michelle S. Dominguez, a gynecologic oncology physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said in a statement.
“These results suggest that the pap smear is an important screening tool in this population and that women should be aware of it.”
The researchers said that using the Pap Smear test might not be necessary for women who have no other risk factor.
The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Dominguez said she was not surprised by the finding because she and her colleagues have been following the findings closely for years.
“If there’s a risk factor that is related to a screening test, you should do the test,” Domingez said.
Dealing with cervical cancer is a complex process.
There are a number of factors that can lead to the development of cervical carcinoma.
The most important is the woman’s age, health and level of physical activity.
Other factors, such as genetic factors and lifestyle factors, can also play a role in the development and progression of cervical cancers.