Cervical Cancer Awareness
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Although more than 12,000 American women were diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, it is still the easiest female cancer to prevent because of two main tests.
The first is the Pap test or Pap smear which detects pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
The Pap test is recommended for all women aged 21 to 65 years, although the cancer has a tendency to show up in mid-life.
The second is the HPV or Human Papillomavirus test which looks for the specific virus.
It is possible to get an HPV test with Pap.
Talk with your doctor whether an HPV test is needed.
Keep in mind, the Pap and HPV test only screen for cervical cancer. Neither test detects for ovarian, uterine or vaginal cancers.
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