Two Steps to Help Prevent Cervical Cancer
Human papillomavirus, better known as HPV, is the main cause of cervical cancer. It is also the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.
When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable. But the cancer in its early stages may have no signs or symptoms. This is why regular screening is so important.
Get Vaccinated! The HPV Vaccine
HPV vaccination is recommended for:
- Preteen girls and boys ages 11 and 12.
- Women ages 13 through 26 who haven’t been vaccinated yet or have not completed the vaccine series.
Get Screened! The Pap Test
Regular screening, also called a Pap test, is recommended for:
- All women aged 21 to 65 (including women who got the HPV vaccination)