Manning Regional Healthcare Center
Preventing Cervical Cancer
Did you know that cervical cancer was once the number one cause of death for women nationwide? According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, more than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but these preventive measures can help lower the risk and prevent cervical cancer all together.
Hope Jensen, ARNP, CDE shares that, “it is important that patients feel comfortable talking about sexual health, including cervical cancer prevention. When it comes to sexual and reproductive health, we should be comfortable in our own skin, and have the confidence to seek the care and support we need.”
The providers at Manning Regional Healthcare Center believe that the best prevention is to be informed and protected. One of the first measures that can be taken to prevent cervical cancer is to receive the HPV vaccine. This vaccine protects against various types of HPV that can cause cervical and other types of cancer and is recommended for girls and boys at the ages of 11 or 12. Before the age of 15, two doses are given six to 12 months apart, while three doses are given if started after the age of 15.
“I urge every woman, including young ladies, to consider all of the prevention tools we have at our disposal: Pap and HPV tests and cervical cancer vaccines,” says Jensen.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the most important thing women can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to have regular screening tests starting at age 21. Along with a regular pap smear, after the age of 30, the HPV test can help you prevent cervical cancer by detecting the virus early. Abstinence and other preventative measures can also be taken to protect yourself.
For more information about cervical cancer or to schedule an appointment call Manning Regional Healthcare Center at (712) 655-2072.