Home > Medical > Genital warts > Pap smear guide Pap smear guide All sections in Genital Warts » Genital Warts Overview » FAQs » HPV » Pap smear Guide » Real-life Story Importance of having a pap smear Say the words "pap smear" and women cringe but many don't know just how important it is. Pap smear FAQ's A pap smear is a way to examine cells collected from the cervix the main purpose it to detect cancer or abnormal cells that may lead to cancer. Fewer Pap smears recommended American experts have issued important new recommendations concerning the Pap smear, the screening for cervical cancer. Quiz Are you ready for sex? » Join Health24 on Facebook » Ask Sexologist » Check Are you a sex addict? » Genital warts (GRAPHIC IMAGES) 5 body flaws Cervix screening updated While regular screening for cervical cancer is strongly recommended for younger women, older women can safely discontinue regular screening or be screened less often. DIY pap smear for SA women Dreading your next visit to the gynae for your annual pap smear? Fear no more, two innovative South African scientists have developed a simple do-it-yourself pap smear kit that can be used in the comfort and privacy of your own home. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare?