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Cervical Cancer

Can cervical cancer be prevented?

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  • The best method of prevention for cervical cancer is to have regular pap tests. This screening test will help to detect irregular cells at their earliest stages, long before any signs or symptoms may show up. The use of pap tests has significantly decreased the number of deaths associated with cervical cancer since it was developed. There is also a test for infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer. The next method to prevent cervical cancer is to get vaccinated for HPV if you are in the age range of pre-teen to mid-twenties where the vaccine is most advantageous. Although relatively new, the HPV vaccine could prevent nearly three-quarters of the occurrences of cervical cancer. Stop - or do not start - smoking. That will reduce your risk, as will practicing safe sex by using condoms and being smart about your sexual partners. This may prevent exposure to HPV, although HPV can be spread by contact with the skin of an infected person, not only during intercourse.
  • ALinus Chuang, MD, Oncology, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System

    Get HPV vaccinations if you are between 9-26 years old. Begin pap smear screening after 21 years old and co-testing with pap and HPV starting at 30 years old every 3-5 years. It is unlikely one will develop cervical cancer with this screening process. The only other thing is to not to smoke.

  • APenn Medicine answered

    Many cervical cancer cases are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. HPV affects up to 80 percent of females and males in their lifetime. Many cases of HPV clear on their own, but certain types of HPV can cause cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer in females. This is why it is important to get the HPV vaccine before sexual activity begins. Because there are other risk factors for cervical cancer, Penn Medicine gynecologists recommend several methods to prevent cervical cancer. Regular screenings, vaccines for preventing the human papilloma virus (HPV) and lifestyle choices can prevent cervical cancer or help find cervical cancer at an early stage when it is most treatable.

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  • Most cases of cervical cancer are easily preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early. Now vaccines are available to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.

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