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What is cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer can be found in the lining of the cervix – the lower part of the uterus. This area of the cervix changes as you age and if you give birth, and where normal cells can become abnormal that are called pre-cancerous. Most common cervical cancer types include squamous cell carcinomas, adenocarcinomas, and adenosquamous carcinomas. Doctors examine and test the cervix for abnormal cells.

What are the types of cervical cancer screening?

Cervical cancer screenings include a Papanicolaou (Pap) smear and a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test. These tests help prevent cervical cancer by finding precancerous cells before they become cancer and when it is more treatable.1 

The Pap test is a procedure that collects cells from the cervix which are then sent to a lab to detect any cancer or pre-cancer conditions. Most common cervical cancer types include squamous cell carcinomas, adenocarcinomas, and adenosquamous carcinomas. 

The HPV test looks for infection linked to high-risk types of HPV that can cause pre-cancer and cancer conditions of the cervix. Although there is no treatment for HPV infection, a vaccine is available to help prevent it. For more information on the HPV vaccine, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

If you are between the age of 25 to 65, the American Cancer Society recommends the primary HPV test which is performed by itself. Talk to your doctor to learn more about this option.

What are risk factors associated with cervical cancer?

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most important risk factors for cervical cancer.2 Some of the other risks linked to cervical cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Weak immune system
  • Chlamydia infection
  • Long-term use of oral contraceptives
  • Low intake of fruits and vegetables

Talk to your doctor about potential risks and your health. The HPV vaccine can reduce your chances for developing cervical cancer. This vaccine is recommended for your teens and adults between the ages of 11 and 26.3






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