When cervical cancer is found and treated early, it can be cured. Your gynecologist can perform a test called a pap smear; this helps find cervical cancer early.
For a pap smear, the gynecologist swabs cell from the cervix and smears them on a glass slide. The slide is then sent to a pathologist. The pathologist looks at the cells under a microscope and is able to identify infections, cancer, or cell changes that could lead to cancer.