How to Stop Cervical Cancer

How can women stop cervical cancer?

Women can stop cervical cancer in these ways.

  1. Young women between the ages of 9 and 26 can get the new cervical cancer vaccine. Millions of Americans so far have received this new vaccine, which has been approved for use in over 70 countries. The vaccine creates immunity against HPV types that cause most cervical cancers. Receiving the new vaccine gives young women the best chance of having a cervical cancer-free future. Without the vaccine, many young women will obtain HPV. Before the vaccine was available, researchers estimated that more than 4 million women in their teens and early 20s obtained HPV each year.
  2. Have regular Pap tests. A generation ago, cervical cancer was a much more common illness. The Pap test has significantly reduced the number of cervical cancer cases in the U.S. since its introduction in the 1950s. During this simple procedure, the doctor gathers cell samples from the cervix to examine for precancerous cells; this test also can detect cervical cancer at an early, treatable stage. It’s important to note that a Pap test is not the same as a pelvic exam; also, the Pap test must be repeated at least once every three years. Women who receive the vaccine should still receive regular Pap tests.
  3. The HPV test, which detects the presence of HPV, is often recommended for women age 30 and older or for women with inconclusive or abnormal Pap test results.
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