As mothers, aunts, grandmothers there are many things to do to take care of everyone, but it is important to add in regular routines to ensure optimal health. A standard cervical screening can save someone’s life. Prevention is the key. Read on to learn more about what cervical cancer is, who is at risk, prevalence rates, and ways to prevent it.
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So what is cervical cancer?
- Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is always named for the part of the body where it starts, even if it spreads to other body parts later. When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. The cervix connects the vagina (birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus.
Who is at risk?
- All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over age 30
What are the prevalence rates?
- Worldwide annually 528,000 women will be diagnosed with Cervical Cancer
- In the United States 13,000 women will be diagnosed with Cervical Cancer
What are prevention methods?
- Only having one sexual partner as cervical cancer can be caused by the Human Papillomavirus.
- Get an annual OBGYB physical
- Follow the for a regular PAP test where testing can be done in the regular office.
- Age 21-29= Pap testing every 3 years
- Ages 30-65= HPV and Pap Testing every 5 years
- Ages 65+ may not need screening anymore that will be up to the doctor.
As women in it engrained to take care of others, there are times it is more important to care for ourselves.