SCREENING FOR CERVICAL CANCER
Post by on Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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.