Health Tip: Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

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(HealthDay News) -- More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year, but more than 90 percent of cases may be preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In 2012, some 8 million U.S. women aged 21 to 65 reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the last five years, the agency says.

The CDC recommends:

  • Vaccinate girls ages 11-12 against human papilloma virus (HPV), a primary cause of cervical cancer.
  • Obtain Pap tests every three years for women 21 to 29.
  • Women ages 30 to 65 should either get a Pap test every 3 years OR a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years.

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1 Comment

Fri Feb 15, 2019 02:32 PM

I agree 100% with everything in this article.  Unfortunately it doesn't go far enough.  My cervical cancer was diagnosed when I was 69 after only about 10 seconds of vaginal bleeding.  I would not have even called my doctor had my sister not urged me to.  I would be dead now.  Although the age of CC diagnosis is getting younger all the time, women over 65 are still 20% of those being diagnosed.   Average ages for diagnosis of HPV associated cancers is: 49 years for HPV-associated cervical cancer. 67 for HPV-associated vaginal cancer. 66 for HPV-associated vulvar cancer.  We seriously need to revisit the  age at which testing for HPV related cancers is no longer considered important.

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