Information courtesy of CDC.gov
More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers. The Papanicolaou (Pap) test screens for abnormal cells that may develop into cancer and the HPV test screens for the HPV virus that causes these cell changes. Even though screening works, 10% of women in the US in 2012 reported they had not been screened in the last 5 years. Every visit to doctors and nurses is an opportunity to discuss cervical cancer prevention. No woman should die of cervical cancer.
How Can I Prevent Cervical Cancer?
These two very simple steps can be done at your healthcare provider office visits :
Vaccinate Early – nccc-online.org/hpv-vaccines/
Screen Regularly – nccc-online.org/hpvcervical-cancer/cervical-cancer-screening/
What Else Can I Do?
These two very simple steps can be do
- Learn about screening options and get the test that is right for them and follow up on any abnormal results.
- Encourage other women to be screened for cervical cancer.
- Contact your healthcare provider to learn how you can get screened for cervical cancer.
Use every health care visit to ask if it’s time to get screened.
- Download this informative PDF document from the CDC: English | Español
- Use this helpful chart listing potential symptoms: English| Español