Cervical cancer is at least 93% preventable, but most people who get cervical cancer never received a Pap smear or were overdue for one. Take control of your cervical health in 2024 and schedule your Pap smear and HPV vaccine today!
Anyone who has a cervix is at risk for cervical cancer.
The best way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting regular wellness exams that include HPV and/or Pap tests when you need them. Your doctor or nurse can help you figure out which test(s) make sense for you, and when you should start getting screened.
A screening test for cervical cancer to check for any abnormal cells on the cervix that could be precancerous.
HPV Vaccine: Gardasil
HPV vaccines are given in a series of 2-3 shots over 6-12 months, depending on your age.
The HPV vaccine is approved for ages 9-45.
1. They catch cervical cancer when it matters most:
Pap smears screen for abnormal cells on your cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. Getting one done routinely greatly increases your chances of detecting any cancer cells early on when it is most treatable.
2. You’ve got nothing to be afraid of:
You should never feel pain during a Pap smear. The process is simple: your provider places a speculum into your vagina to access your cervix. Then, they use a small soft brush to collect cells from your cervix. You may feel some minor discomfort or pressure, but pain should never be a part of your experience!
3. It’s quicker than choosing the right selfie:
Pap smears aren’t some long, drawn-out procedure. They only take a few minutes, and you’re in and out in practically no time at all. The peace of mind you get in return is worth every minute spent.
4. Most people need a Pap once every three years:
Pap smears are no longer needed every year for most people. See our guidelines below for how often you should be screened according to your age and health conditions.
*Besides HPV, there are other things that increase your cervical cancer risk. Things like, a family history of cervical cancer, smoking, other infections such as chlamydia, and even age (the average age that cervical cancer is diagnosed is 48). You might need to be screened more often based on these conditions.
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