Pap

Also known as: Pap test, Pap smear

A Pap test is done to look for changes in the cells of the cervix . During a Pap test, a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix is collected by your health professional. The sample is then spread on a slide (Pap smear) or mixed in a liquid fixative (liquid-based cytology) and sent to a lab for examination under a microscope. The cells are examined for abnormalities that may indicate abnormal cell changes, such as dysplasia or cervical cancer. 

Providence Health & Services is committed to providing high quality health care programs throughout Oregon, and our laboratory services are no exception. Operating 24 hours a day, our fully accredited labs process more than 5 million diagnostic tests annually statewide. With experienced protocols, the latest technology and skilled medical staff, you can trust us to quickly and accurately deliver the results you need.

Providence offers care for women who cannot afford it through the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP). BCCP helps low-income, uninsured and medically underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers. Each year, approximately 7,000 eligible individuals receive screening services.

Funding for this program is provided by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information and eligibility requirements, please call the BCCP Toll-Free HOTLINE: 877-255-7070.