Cervical cancer historically has been one of the most common causes of cancer death for women in the United States. While cervical cancer continues to affect more than 11,000 American women each year, it now is one of the most preventable gynecological cancers, largely due to effective screening strategies and new vaccinations that can help prevent the leading cause of this type of cancer – the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV.
Planned Parenthood works to help women prevent cervical cancer in three important ways: by offering routine Pap screenings that can detect cellular changes in the cervix, by providing treatment for abnormal cervical cells that can lead to cancer, and by offering vaccinations – to both females and males – that can prevent HPV infection. This approach, combined with intensive education and outreach efforts in communities across the state, is an important strategy for reducing the incidence of cervical cancer in Minnesota and protecting the public health.
Find the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic for your cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccine or call 1-800-230-PLAN to schedule an appointment.