Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because of the availability of screening tests and a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections that are available. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.
Several things that will increase your risk of getting Cervical Cancer are:
- Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems.
- Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years).
- Having given birth to three or more children.
- Having several sexual partners.
Screening TestsTwo tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early—
- The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
- The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.
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If you would like more information on Cervical Cancer, you can view a Cervical Cancer Fact Sheet which was created by the CDC.