Cervical Cancer Prevention Month

HPV vaccines may prevent many cases of cervical cancer. Pap screenings are key to early detection. And many of our patients can get both for free.

Regular Pap tests are one of the most effective ways to detect cervical cancer early. Every year, approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 American women die of the disease. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for cervical cancer is almost 100 percent. Click here to learn about the Family Planning Benefit Program, a free insurance program that covers Pap tests for eligible patients, or click here for information on scheduling an appointment today.

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, can lead to cervical cancer. UHPP currently provides HPV vaccinations for free to both women and men. Click here for information on eligibility.

2012 brought new recommendations on how often women need to be screened for cervical cancer. The new guidelines say that Pap screening should begin at age 21, and be repeated every three years up to age 29. Most women aged 30 to 64 should have routine screenings performed every three to five years. Click here for more information on cervical cancer, or click here to request an appointment online now.

Screening for cervical cancer is essential throughout a woman's life, even if she is not currently engaging in sexual activity or if her partner is a woman. Women should see their health care provider to get regular Pap tests. Click here for information on scheduling an appointment.


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