Cervical cancer screening by PAP SMEAR – analysis

Cervical cancer screening is for women of 30-55 years and should be undertaken every 5 years. This screening is performed to detect early changes of the cervical cells, which can then be removed, preventing the formation of cervical cancer.

The screening is performed with a PAP smear analysis. PAP smear sampling is similar to a gynaecological examination, but with this procedure, a cell sample is taken from the surface of the cervical mucosa and cervical canal. After the sample is taken, the material is put onto a special glass and sent to the lab. The procedure is painless. For patients insured by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund, the screening is free of charge.