By: |Published: January 11, 2013
MEDICAL WATCH --
A pap smear can be used to detect ovarian and uterine cancers, in addition to cervical cancer, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins used a cervical fluid, which is collected during a Pap smear, to do a genome sequencing called the PapGene.
More studies are needed.
Ovarian cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in women, partly because it's difficult to detect.