Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Every day, women choose a future free of cervical cancer. They take the right steps to stop a disease that still kills more than 4,000 women each year in the U.S.

There are two primary ways to stop this serious illness: the new cervical cancer vaccine and the Pap test. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommend the vaccine for young women starting as early as age 9 until age 26 and the Pap test for women within three years of first having vaginal sex or at age 21. Health plans or public aid programs often cover the costs. A third test, called the HPV test, is often recommended for women age 30 and older or for women with inconclusive or abnormal Pap test results.

Medical experts expect the cervical cancer vaccine, the Pap test and the HPV test to reduce cervical cancer cases and deaths significantly in the coming years. Thanks to medical advances, women can now take simple steps to eliminate cervical cancer from their lives.

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