Hi Savannahgirl - I'm sorry to hear your mom had ovarian cancer, but how great that she's doing well! I can imagine that would spark some fears about reproductive cancers. So let's talk about those:
Cervical cancer: If you're going to get cancer, this is the one to get. Now that you've had an abnormal pap (which is insanely common... you wouldn't believe how many of my friends have had one and they're all fine), your doc will have you come in more regularly for pap smears... probably every 6 months to 1 year. If you continue to get tested every year, your chances of actually developing cervical cancer are around zero. That's because your doc will identify and treat changes in your cervix LONG before they've had a chance to transform into cancer.
Uterine cancer: Same thing... as long as you go in for regular gynecological exams, your doc will find and treat pre-cancerous changes to that area long before they're able to become a problem.
Ovarian cancer: This one is trickier. There are three accepted tests for ov/ca: 1) The uncomfortable rectal test where your doc inserts a finger into your rectum to feel for changes to your ovaries, 2) a transvaginal ultrasound, and 3) a blood test (though this has a false positive problem, so it's not used all that often). I learned at the Revlon Run/Walk for breast and ovarian cancer that most gynecologists do not even perform one of those tests on their younger, asymptomatic patients.
My gynecologist does both of the first tests EVERY TIME I COME IN. My patient file is like a scrapbook of my ovaries (he prints out photos each time), which is hugely comforting for me. And given that your mom had ov/ca, it's doubly important for you. If this isn't already the case, insist on a trans-vaginal ultrasound once a year. If your gynecologist tries to convince you it's not important (as many of my friends' docs have done), find another doctor who appreciates why this is important for you.
And that's it. If you get checked out once a year and make sure that your doc does a TV ultrasound, your chances of actually getting reproductive cancer are virtually nil.