At Your Cervix & Here to Help!  

Cervical cancer affects thousands of people each year. At Women’s Care, we are dedicated to helping patients understand the facts and know what resources are available to help prevent cervical cancer. The number one way to reduce your chances of getting cervical cancer is to get your HPV vaccine. Find out below what you need to know to reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.  

What is HPV?  

HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, is a common STI that can cause cervical cancer if not properly managed. According to the CDC, it is the most prevalent STI and almost all sexually active people will get it in their lifetime. While in many cases the infection will go away on its own, it can cause serious health risks such as cervical cancer. However, effects and dangers are easily mitigated with a vaccine that should be administered before one becomes sexually active to provide the greatest protection.  

How do I protect myself?

The HPV vaccine greatly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study stating that receiving the HPV vaccine reduces the chances of getting cervical cancer by 90%. While the vaccine is most effective for adolescents, it is still beneficial for those older and/or already sexually active. If starting the vaccine younger than 15, it is recommended to get a two-dose series, but those beginning at 15 through 26 should get a three-dose series. The HPV vaccine is recommended for individuals up to the age of 45. Speak with your provider to determine what is best for where you are at.  

What else can I do?

In addition to the HPV vaccine, it is important to get regular cervix screenings. HPV and Pap tests are recommended to significantly reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer later in life. HPV tests look for the virus itself. Pap tests, also known as Pap smears, screen for cancerous and pre-cancerous cellular changes of the cervix. This is a routine part of preventive healthcare for people with a cervix. At Women’s Care, we offer HPV vaccines and routine HPV and Pap tests according to national recommendations.  

Cervical cancer can be a daunting and complicated subject. At Women’s Care, we are here to support you and answer your questions. Women’s Care has the resources to protect and care for you. Reach out today to schedule an HPV vaccine or screening.