Cervical Cancer –
Early Detection Can Save Your Life!
There is good news in the fight against cervical cancer. Pap tests are an effective way to screen for and detect cervical cancer. When found early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treated cancers. As a result, deaths from cervical cancer in the United States have dropped by over 50 percent in the past 30 years.
There are often no signs or symptoms of cervical cancer and pre-cancers, making early detection through regular screenings critical. The American Cancer Society’s guidelines on screening include the following:
- Beginning at age 21 and continuing through age 29, women should have routine Pap testing and pelvic exams every 3 years.
- At age 30, women should consider co-testing, combining the Pap test with an HPV (human papillomavirus) test every 5 years until age 65.
- Women who have stopped having children should continue to get screened.
- Women who are at high risk of cervical cancer because of a suppressed immune system or exposure to DES should follow the recommendations of their health care team.
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Early detection saves lives. Schedule your cervical cancer screening today!