Cervical cancer is a preventable disease that claims the lives of thousands of American women each year.
The single known cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact. Women can reduce their risk of cervical cancer by practicing good sexual health, and can even be vaccinated against HPV as further protection.
HPV – human papillomavirus – is a very common sexually-transmitted infection. HPV infection also causes most cases (75%) of cervical cancer in women, as well as other cancers in women and men. You can get excellent protection against cervical cancer by being vaccinated against HPV. Vaccination is most effective in the early teens, before becoming sexually active.
You can lower your risk of developing cervical cancer by following good health guidelines:
Cervical cancer develops slowly and without obvious symptoms. A yearly Pap test is essential for all women in order to detect the disease early enough for effective treatment. Your doctor may also test you for HPV.
If you cannot afford regular Pap tests, you may be eligible for free or low-cost tests through selected clinics. Contact our Breast & Cervical Cancer program at 601-576-7466 or 1-866-458-4948.
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