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Smear test equipment. Cytobrush and container of smear test preservation solution ready to be used. The cytobrush is used to take a sample of cells from a patient's cervix (neck of the womb). The sample is then placed in a preservative solution and sent to a laboratory for examination. Abnormal cells may indicate cervical disease or cancer. Previously samples were spread straight on to a slide, but this method returns fewer contaminated or incorrect results. Cervical cancer is usually curable when detected early.
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