Women's Health

Is There Potential for Pap Smears in Ovarian Cancer Detection?

Naming the test in honor of early cancer detection

Naming the test in honor of early cancer detection

They named the test after Georgios Papanicolaou, who was the actual inventor of the pap smear in 1943. He suggested that a pap smear can be used not only to help identify signs of cervical cancers, but also other types of cancers arising in the female reproductive tract. “In honor of Papanicolaou’s pioneering contribution to the field of early cancer detection, we have named the approach described herein as the ‘PapGene’ test,” wrote Diaz and fellow colleagues.