Human Papillomavirus often leads to Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute, is most often caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common infection that has no symptoms and is spread through unprotected sexual contact. Screening and early detection of cervical cancer is done by regularly visiting your doctor for a Pap test. HPV and other abnormalities of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer can be detected by the Pap test. Avoiding risk factors such as sexual activity before the age of 16, multiple sex partners, and a history of sexually transmitted disease can also aid in the prevention of cervical cancer.
Women should begin seeing their doctor for regular Pap testing within three years of the start of sexual activity – or by age 21, whichever is first.
For more information about Pap testing and cervical cancer screening, talk to your doctor. Other information can be found at the American Cancer Society Website by clicking the button below: