You can detect cervical cancer by getting screened regularly.
What does a pap smear test look for?
A pap smear test is also known as a cervical cancer screening. The test can find abnormal cells in the cervix. If these cells are found early, it can be treated before it turns into cancer. HPV is a virus that is known to cause cervical cancer. During your exam, the doctor will screen for HPV.
Who should get it? All women who are sexually active should get a pap smear. Talk to your doctor to learn what is right for you. Why should I get it? Every year more than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide.
Anyone between the ages of 12 to 26, regardless of their gender, should talk to their doctor about the HPV vaccine.
An HPV test is recommended every 5 years. Call your doctor today to get started.
What is human papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a virus known to cause infection that leads to cervical, vaginal, throat, penile, and vulvar cancer. 91% of new cervical cancer cases per year are caused by any type of HPV.
75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by getting a routine test.
You can prevent cervical cancer by getting screened regularly, starting at age 21. Even though it may be slightly uncomfortable, the benefits are worth it.
Screenings You Should Have
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – Anyone between the ages of 12 to 26, regardless of their gender, should talk to their doctor about the HPV vaccine. Cervical Cancer at 24 – Have a pap smear every 3 years. Chlamydia – If sexually active get tested every year.
If you are a smoker, ask your doctor about options to help you quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and avoid breathing other people’s smoke.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cervical Cancer at 21 – Have a pap smear every 3 years. Chlamydia – If sexually active get tested every year.
Breast Cancer at 40 – Talk to your doctor about getting a mammogram every year.
Breast Cancer at 50 – You should start getting a mamogram everyother year, until age 74.
Colorectal Cancer at 50 – The most common screenings are stool tests and a colonoscopy. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer may need to start screening earlier. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer may need to start screening earlier.
Lung Cancer at 55 – It is one of the few cancers that can often be prevented. Talk to your doctor.
At 65 – If you have been screened regularly and had normal pap smear results, continue to talk to your doctor about what screening is best for you.
Women’s Health Education Material
Being up-to-date with wellness checks can help detect problems early. Download our Women’s Health Materials to learn more! HPSJ’s Women’s Health Initiative aims to educate and inform women about the importance of self-care.
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Posted on May 10th, 2019 and last modified on January 26th, 2021.