Did you know that over 13,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year? Many are not aware that this disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening at your OB/GYN office.
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix which is the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) play a role in causing most cervical cancer.
HPV vaccines can help prevent infection from both high-risk HPV types that can lead to cervical cancer and low risk types that cause genital warts. Research shows that over 90% of HPV cancers are preventable through HPV vaccination.
It is also important to have a regular Pap test at Dr. Hill’s OB/GYN office. A Pap test can find cell changes to the cervix caused by HPV. HPV tests detect the virus and help healthcare providers know which women are at the highest risk for cervical cancer. It is recommended that you receive your first Pap test at age 21.
If you have any questions about cervical health or would like to book your gynecological appointment, please contact our office. We encourage you to share this information with other women in your life!