Provided by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
This paper encapsulates and provides details about Pap test for older women. A Pap test finds problems that can be treated before they turn into cancer. A Pap test can also find cancer early. If cervical cancer is found early, it's easier to cure. Women who are not currently sexually active may still need a Pap test. Almost all cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can live in the body for many years.