No one wants to talk about, think about, worry about cancer… but early detection is almost always the key to diagnose and treat cervical cancer.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent cervical cancer is by scheduling regular checkups and getting your HPV vaccine early in life. While it’s recommended for kids ages 11 to 12, it can be given as early as nine years old and as late as 26 years old.
A Pap smear or HPV test can help find abnormalities in the cervix and identify the virus. Additionally, experts recommend you:
Be aware that HPV can occur in men and women! Unfortunately, there are few symptoms or signs of cervical cancer. If you experience abnormal bleeding or discharge, see your doctor.
The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services. For more information about cervical cancer visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/prevention.htm.