Cervical Cancer Screening

The Captial Breast Cancer Center can schedule women who are eligible for a Pap test at one of its clinical partners, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital or MedStar Washington Hospital Center. A Pap test and pelvic exam are routine tests that can detect cervical cancer or other abnormalities. Most invasive cancers of the cervix can be prevented with regular Pap tests. Infection with the Human Papillomavirus is the primary risk factor for cervical cancer.

A woman should have a Pap test at least once every 3 years beginning three years after they have sexual intercourse but no later than age 21.    Patients with abnormal test results will be referred to a physician for further assessment.


For more accurate test results:

  • Do not use tampons, birth-control foams, jellies, or other vaginal creams for 2–3 days before the test.
  • Do not douche for 2–3 days before the test.
  • Do not have sexual intercourse for 2 days before the test.
  • Do not schedule your Pap test during your menstrual period.
  • Try to schedule your test for at least 5 days after the end of your menstrual period.