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Cervical Cancer Testing: Biopsy Testing

Image of a Pap test specimen under a microscope

Biopsy testing is performed to confirm a diagnosis of cervical cancer. A physician may order the test after a Pap test suggests an abnormal result. A biopsy of tissue from the cervix is collected and forwarded to a laboratory for microscopic analysis. If a biopsy is normal, meaning no abnormal cells are found, a physician may monitor a woman over time with other Pap tests. If a biopsy suggests cancer may be present, a physician will remove the cancerous tissue.

For more information about how biopsy testing may help you, please consult your physician. Your health care professional is the best source of information.

Image of a Pap test specimen under a microscope