All women are at risk for cervical cancer. However, you have the power to dramatically decrease your risk:
Practice Safer Sex: High-risk forms of HPV, which account for nearly all cases of cervical cancer, are spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and genital-to-genital contact. Use a barrier method of contraception (such as a male or female condom) every time you have sex.
Vaccinate Against HPV: The HPV vaccine prevents most cases of cervical cancer by helping your immune system fight off high-risk strains of HPV — before they become a problem. Experts recommend boys and girls be vaccinated at ages 11 or 12, as the vaccine is most effective if you get it before you become sexually active. However, women can be vaccinated up to age 26, and men up until age 21. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
Get Regular Pap Tests: Pap tests can help spot changes in your cervical cells before they develop into cancer, when they’re easiest to treat. Most women should receive Pap tests every three years, starting at age 21. Your doctor can help you determine how frequently you should be screened.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.