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Cervical cancer is almost completely preventable, yet thousands of new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. every year (National Cervical Cancer Coalition). See below for a list of ways to lower your cervical cancer risk and for a list of common symptoms.

ReducYour Risk

  • VaccinationHPV Vaccines

    • The HPV (human papillomavirus) three vaccine series helps protect against two high-risk HPVs that are the cause of more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. Children aged 11 to 12 should start the vaccine series, but those aged 9 to 26 can as well. 

  • Cervical Cancer Screenings

    • Pap Test (Pap Smear)

      • This test is done to locate any pre-cancerous cells that may later develop into cervical cancer. Most women should get their first Pap test when they are 21.

    • HPV Test

      • This test is used to locate any cells infected with HPV. Most women should get their first HPV test when they are 30.

  • Don’t Smoke

  • Practice Safe Sex


  • Early-stage cervical cancer does not always cause symptoms.

  • More advanced-stage cervical cancer symptoms can include (American Cancer Society):

    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding

    • Unusual vaginal discharge

    • Painful intercourse


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