The key is early diagnosis
What is cervical cancer?
Cervical cancer is a disease where abnormal cells grow on the cervix.
What can I do?
Get vaccinated – The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 9-26 to protect against HPV cases that lead to 9 out of 10 cervical cancers.
Practice smart sex – Use protection and talk with your sexual partners; anyone who has ever had anal, vaginal or oral sex can get HPV.
Quit smoking – Smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight HPV infection.
Cervical cancer deaths are nearly always preventable with early diagnosis through Pap test and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions.
A Pap test is a painless screening test that removes cells from your cervix.
The main risk factor for cervical cancer is having Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection from sexual contact.
Recommended for all ages from 21 to 65.
In the United States, Pap smear screening is recommended starting around 21 years of age until the age of 65. Guidelines on frequency vary from every three to five years. If results are abnormal, and depending on the nature of the abnormality, the test may need to be repeated in six to twelve months. If the abnormality requires closer scrutiny, the patient may be referred for detailed inspection of the cervix by colposcopy. The woman may also be referred for HPV DNA testing, which can serve as an adjunct to Pap testing. Additional biomarkers which may be applied as ancillary tests with the Pap test are evolving.
If you need a mammogram or Pap Smear but don’t have insurance that will cover the costs of getting one, give us a call at 1-800-410-6266. You may be eligible to get screened through one of our programs!