Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cervical Cancer Prevention

The HPV vaccine isn't just for your daughter. Be sure to learn about HPV testing to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

HPV vaccines are for girls and young women ages 9–26 to help protect against the two types of HPV that are most commonly associated with cervical cancer. These vaccines are a powerful tool to help protect today’s girls — tomorrow’s generation of women — from cervical cancer.

But what tools are out there for women today who may be at risk? Learn about what you can do to protect yourself against cervical cancer:

THE PAP TEST looks at a sample of cells taken from a woman's cervix for any cell changes or abnormalities. Pap testing should begin at age 21.

THE HPV TEST is conducted from the same sample as the Pap and identifies women with high-risk HPV infections that can cause cervical cancer. When used with a Pap in women 30 and older, the HPV test increases the ability to identify who is at risk of developing cervical cancer.
  • If you are age 30 or older, ask your doctor for the digene HPV Test together with your Pap test.
  • If both tests come back normal, then the tests don’t need to be repeated for 3 years. But remember to return each year for your annual health exam.
  • If one or both tests come back abnormal, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. It simply enables your healthcare provider to monitor you more closely or treat pre-cancerous cells before cervical cancer develops.
  • HPV testing isn’t necessary for women younger than 30, because HPV infections in young women usually go away on their own without causing problems. Women under 30 will only have HPV testing if their Pap test is inconclusive.
Visit http://www.thehpvtest.com/ for helpful web resources regarding cervical cancer prevention. Learn about early detection and prevention through screening and Pap testing.

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the QIAGEN digene HPV test. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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