Diagnostic Cytopathology is a subspecialty study of pathology focusing on cellular disease. Obtaining information from exfoliated cells allows for precancerous lesions to be discovered and treated before fully turning into cancer. Cell specimens are removed either through abrasion or fine needle aspiration from various body sites, including cervix (Pap Smear), breast, thyroid, lymph node, liver, etc. The most widely known diagnostic technique is through a Pap Smear, which doctors first started using in the 1950s. Each year, about 10,500 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer while around 4,000 die from it. When the Pap test is performed annually, 70% of these lives can be saved.
Clinical lab testing plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer. At PTPG, we strive toward improving patient safety through accurate, comprehensive and timely results. Our staff pays special attention to cellular abnormalities for signs of cervical cancer and quickly takes action in helping to prevent any future problems that may arise.