Pap smear

Women in the Netherlands receive a call for a pap smear (cervical smear) every 5 years from age 29 and up. This screening is being done to detect cervical cancer at the earliest stage possible so that it may still be treatable. The health benefits with an early detection are substantial.

A pap smear means that some mucus is taken from the cervix to be examined in a laboratory. Through the use of a speculum the cervix becomes visible to swab some mucus with a small brush.

Every woman who has received a letter from bevolkingsonderzoek can go to her general practitioner for this examination.