Cervical Cancer Prevention

Almost 13,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
About 4,100 women die from it annually.

What puts you at higher risk of cervical cancer? 

  • The cervix is part of the female reproductive anatomy, so only females are affected
  • Infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV)
  • Being between 20 and 50 years old
  • Having chlamydia
  • Having HIV or AIDS
  • Having a close relative with cervical cancer
  • Smoking any tobacco products
  • Obesity
  • Taking birth control pills for a long time
  • Having 3 or more full-term pregnancies 

How can you lower your risk for developing cervical cancer? 

  • Get the HPV vaccine
  • Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity/exercise 5 days per week
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Use condoms to reduce risk of infections that increase the chances of developing cervical cancer 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • Pap tests detect cervical cancer and pre-cancer
  • The American Cancer Society recommends women age 21 to 29 get a Pap test every 3 years
  • The American Cancer Society recommends women age 30 to 65 get a Pap test and an HPV screening every 5 years, or just a Pap test every three years
  • Women with a suppressed immune system should ask their doctor about more frequent screenings
  • With some exceptions, women over 65 or who have had a total hysterectomy may not need screenings; they should talk to their doctor 

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