Cervical cancer affects over 12,900 women in the United States each year. Through early detection and treatment, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today. A Pap test is the best way to screen for cervical cancer. If you are between the ages of 21 and 65 it is important to get a Pap test done every three years. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test can also be used to screen for cervical cancer along with a Pap test in women aged 30 years and older.
Prevention of cervical cancer begins early. The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer, but the HPV vaccine works to prevent it and other HPV-related diseases in women and men. The vaccine is given in a series of injections that are best administered before sexual activity begins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that all boys and girls ages 11 - 12 receive the vaccination. Females ages 13-26 and males 13-21 should get the HPV vaccine if they did not receive the complete the series when they were younger.
Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine, Pap tests, and what's best for you and your family.
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