Cervical CancerCancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. The good news is that, according to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer can be prevented in many instances. Indeed, screenings such as the PAP test (also known as Pap smear) and the human papillomavirus (HPV) test can find pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. If pre-cancer is detected, treatment can be started to prevent it from turning into cancer.
Also, there is a vaccine to prevent HPV infections, which are a risk factor for cervical cancer. There is more information on the HPV vaccine at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/vaccine.html
In the end, early detection is key.
All women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old should get screened for cervical cancer.
Please talk to your doctor to discuss which screening is best for you…and, as always, take care of your whole health!