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SCREENING FOR CERVICAL CANCER

Post by on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection increases a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer.

WHAT TO DO?

??Full pelvic exams and pap smears, beginning around age 21 or sooner.

??Screening for cervical cancer every 2 years (Pap smear) from age 21 to 30.

??Screening for cervical cancer, age 30 and over -- Pap smears and HPV testing every 3 to 5 years.

??Periodic HIV and STD testing.

??Mammography every 1-2 years beginning at 40 (for those with low risk); every year beginning at age 50.

??Perimenopausal and menopausal women should discuss any urogenital issues with their doctor -- these can include vaginal dryness, vulvovaginal atrophy, low libido, urine leakage, hot flashes, night sweats, sleeplessness, and others.

??A vaccination for HPV is available for girls and women ages 9 to 26.

 

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