Cervical cancer, as the name suggests, is a kind of cancer that develops in a woman’s cervix, that is believed to have a link to HPV or the Human Papillomavirus. HPV is a virus transmitted through sexual contact. There many strains of the virus that are non- cancerous.
The Pap smear is a screening test for this type of cancer. Pap smear detects for the strains of HPV that could cause cervical cancer. As advocates of women’s health, we encourage women to get tested for cervical cancer, and if you’re wondering why, read on to know more.
- Early Detection
The most obvious reason to get a pap smear is to detect cells within the cervix that can develop into cancer. Every woman, regardless of their health status and condition, should get screened for cervical cancer. still get tested. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend getting a pap smear every 3 to 5 years depending on your age and risk factors. Cervical cancer screening with pap smear typically begins between the ages of 21-25 and ends at age 65.
- Prevention and Vaccination
The most effective way to prevent cervical cancer is through vaccination against HPV. Gardasil is the vaccine given to prevent contracting the most virulent strains of HPVs that lead to cervical cancer. Gardasil vaccine is offered from ages 9 to 45 years in a series of 3 shots.
Joy Midwifery LLC specializes in midwifery in Saint Paul, Minnesota, providing in home women’s health services including prenatal visits, postpartum care, lactation services and IV hydration therapy in pregnancy.
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