The Importance of Cervical Health

Protect Your Health and the Health of Your Loved Ones

Texas women have one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the nation. The best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is to make sure you get vaccinated before you are at risk of HPV infection, and that you have routine cervical cancer screenings—or Pap tests—beginning at age 21.

Cervical cancer screenings can detect cell changes in the cervix before cancer even develops. The abnormal cells can be removed and cancer can be prevented. That is why cervical cancer screening is so important. The guidelines for screening have changed, and most women need it less frequently, but you should still make routine screening a priority. Talk with your clinician today about when you’re due for your next cervical cancer screening.

HPV stands for human papillomavirus. The HPV vaccine offered at Planned Parenthood protects against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. We recommend the HPV vaccine for all males and females ages 9 to 26 to prevent genital warts and some types of HPV-related cancers and protect against the spread of HPV to their partners.

Call 1-800-230-PLAN to learn more or to schedule an appointment at your nearest health center. The caring staff at Planned Parenthood can talk with you about any cervical health concerns, the HPV vaccine, and any testing or treatment you may need.

Remember: You can reduce your risk of cervical cancer by getting regular cervical cancer screenings, using condoms correctly and consistently, and talking with your health care provider to find out if you should get the HPV vaccine.

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