Hello and welcome.
I am Dr. Norm, and I look forward to helping you today.
I doubt that the doctor used the word cancer in discussing your daughter's abnormal Pap Smear.
The beauty of Pap smears is that the find abnormal cell changes many years before cancer develops. Some abnormal cells on a Pap smear are very common. If an HPV test was done, that helps us to know whether there is even a need to repeat the Pap smear early.
Assuming that no HPV test was done, mild abnormal cell changes on a Pap smear can safely be followed by repeating the Pap smear in 6 months. If that Pap smear is normal, then is can be repeated in a year or so.
When abnormal cells on a Pap smear are significant, they suggest precancerous changes in the cervix
. Most such precancerous changes will disappear without treatment. Treatment is only needed when precancerous changes are fairly severe, which is quite unlikely in a young woman like your daughter.
So if HPV testing is available, that can be helpful. Otherwise, repeating the Pap smear in 6 months is quite reasonable.
p.s I'm a man too. I'm a specialist, but many men general physicians do an excellent job.