How to Prevent Cervical Cancer
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Cervical Cancer Is a highly preventable and treatable cancer due to improved screening and vaccination.
Area hospitals will raise awareness this January of the different tests and screenings they offer to detect Cervical Cancer in its early stages.
One of the biggest risk factors of developing Cervical Cancer is HPV Virus.
DeTar doctors suggests women from ages 21 to thirty to get a pap smear every three years.
And women from ages 30 to 65 should get a Pap Smear and HPV test every five years.
“One the biggest misconceptions is that with pap smear and screening test we are screening for there is not if its cancer, but if there’s something abnormal,”
said DeTar doctor Andrea Gerla.
The best way to prevent Cervical Cancer are to get tested and have testing to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer and an HPV vaccine.