Procedures to Prevent Cervical Cancer at a Glance
Colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP are procedures that can help prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a serious concern for women. About 1 in 4 women will get the types of human papilloma virus (HPV) that sometimes lead to cervical cancer.
Women have effective tools to prevent cervical cancer. The first step is usually a Pap or HPV test. A Pap or HPV test can determine whether you have any HPV that may lead to cervical cancer.
If a woman has a Pap test with abnormal results, her health care provider can do a colposcopy. Colposcopy can be used to find abnormal cervical cells. Abnormal cervical cells may heal without treatment. But sometimes, abnormal cells can develop into cancer. Treatments for abnormal cells are highly effective at preventing cervical cancer. Two common types of treatment are cryotherapy and LEEP.
If you have questions or concerns about an abnormal Pap or HPV test result, we are here to help. A staff member at your local Planned Parenthood health center can discuss the facts about colposcopy, cryotherapy, and LEEP with you, and help you find the services you need.