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Pap Test History

This indicator shows the percentage of women aged 18 and over who have had a Pap smear in the past three years.

Pap Test History

Comparison: TX State Value 


Measurement Period: 2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Cancer, Health / Women's Health
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: June 2014

Why is this important?

The Pap test, also known as a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of the cervix that can be early signs of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a common cancer that has a very high cure rate when caught early. If Pap results are abnormal, further testing or treatment may be necessary. Many abnormalities resolve without leading to cancer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women get regular Pap tests. Women under 30 should have a Pap test every 2 years. After age 30, the frequency of testing depends on the woman's age and health history.

Pap Test History : Time Series

2004: 86.5 2006: 91.4 2008: 85.6 2010: 76.7 2012: 77.0


Indicates a change in methodology
2012  The BRFSS 2012 prevalence data should be considered a baseline year for data analysis and is not directly comparable to previous years of BRFSS data because of the changes in weighting methodology and the addition of the cell phone sampling frame.

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