The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is found in 99% of cervical cancers, which is cancer that starts in the cervix. Approximately 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. However, the good news is that it is also one of the more preventable cancers since it develops over time. Death rates continue to decline!
We urge you to take some time during the new year to visit your doctor and have your routine Pap smear test, which will be able to detect abnormal cells in the cervix before they turn into cancer. Early detection is key to prevention.
You can reduce your risk by having screening tests, having your routine Pap smear test, practicing safe sex, and receiving a vaccine that protects you against HPV. Please share this information with the women in your life today.
Watch this video from the Mayo Clinic to learn more about prevention.
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