Cervical Cancer: Did You Know?August 17, 2017
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of gynecological cancer thanks to screening tests, vaccines and checkups with your doctor. This infographic shows how important cervical cancer screenings are to your health.
Cervical cancer used to be the number one cause of women's cancer deaths in the U.S. Today, it is the most preventable type of gynecological cancer due to screening tests, a vaccine and follow-up treatment.1An estimated 12,820 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in the U.S. in 2017. 2Cervical Cancer and HPV
Cervical Cancer Screenings
- Cervical cancer is usually caused by the human papillomavirus virus (HPV).
- Most sexually active women encounter HPV sooner or later, but very few get cervical cancer.
- HPV usually goes away without treatment. If it doesn't, it can alter cervical cells and lead to cancer.
- Cervical cancer that's detected early is highly treatable.
There are two types of screenings:
- Screenings for cervical cancer:
- Are easy to get.
- Are covered by most health plans.
- Save lives.
When Should You be Screened?
- HPV tests help detect the presence of HPV.
- Pap tests help detect changes in the cervix that may precede or indicate cancer.
What to Expect
- Women aged 21 to 64 -- Pap test every three years.
- Women aged 30 to 64 with normal Pap results -- Pap and HPV tests every five years.
- Women younger than 30 – no HPV test is necessary.
- Some women should be tested more often.
- You should have these tests even if you're not married, not sexually active or don't have noticeable symptoms.
Due for a screening? Call your doctor now and schedule it. Go here to Find a doctor.Sources:
- Pap or HPV test -- a quick swab of the cervix.
- Slight discomfort is normal. Pain isn't.
- Most health plans cover basic screenings completely.