Your cervical cancer screening can be combined with the rest of your annual exam.
The most common test for cervical cancer is the Pap smear. When you come in for your regular check-up and cervical cancer screening, the nurse or doctor will use a speculum (a metal or plastic instrument) to open the vagina and allow access to the cervix.
A small brush or swab will then be used to get a sample of cervical cells that can be sent to a lab to be analyzed. The lab will be able to see if the cervical cells show pre-cancerous changes or if they are perfectly healthy.