Cervical Cancer Prevention Tips
The Most Common Form Of Cervical Cancer Starts With Pre-Cancerous Changes, And There Are Ways To Stop This Disease From Developing.
A well-proven way to prevent cervical cancer is to have screening to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap smear and the HPV test are used for this.
Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular pap tests.
The Pap test is a procedure used to collect cells from the cervix so that they can be looked at under a microscope to find cancer and pre-cancer.
A HPV test can be done on the same sample of cells collected from the Pap test.
Things to do to prevent cervical cancer.
- Reduce number of sex partners.
Limiting the number of sex partners and avoiding sex with people who have had many other sex partners may lower your risk of exposure to HPV.
HPV is passed from one person to another during skin-to-skin contact with an infected area of the body. Although HPV can be spread during skin to skin contact − including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. sex doesn’t have to occur for the infection to spread.
- Use condoms
Condoms provide some protection against HPV but they don’t completely prevent infection. One reason that condoms cannot protect completely is because they don’t cover every possible HPV-infected area of the body, such as skin of the genital or anal area. Still, condoms provide some protection against HPV, and they also help protect against HIV and some other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
- Don’t smoke
Not smoking is another important way to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
- Get vaccinated
Vaccines that can protect one against certain HPV infections, protect against infection with the HPV sub-types most commonly linked to cancer, as well as types that can cause anal and genital warts.
These vaccines only work to prevent HPV infection and will not treat an infection that is already there. To be most effective, the HPV vaccines should be given before a person becomes exposed to HPV (such as through sexual activity) & help prevent cancer of the cervix.
It’s important to realize that no vaccine provides complete protection against all cancer-causing types of HPV, so routine cervical cancer screening is still necessary.
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