Simple Steps to Prevent Cervical Cancer

The American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have named January Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine if they’re eligible.

Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

Here are some simple steps anyone can take to prevent cervical cancer:

Vaccinate early:
It is recommended that girls be vaccinated at age 11-12. The vaccine produces a stronger immune response when taken during the preteen years, but young women can be vaccinated through age 26.

Screen Regularly:
Women should start with the Pap test at age 21 and should be co-tested with a Pap and an HPV test starting at age 30. A healthcare provider will offer advice on how often a woman should be screened.

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