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Although all women are at risk for cervical cancer, it occurs most often women over 30.
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV
HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex.
An HPV vaccination protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cancer It is recommended for girls aged 11 to 12, up until the age of 26.
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. Death rates have dropped significantly with the increased use of Pap tests.
Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have NOT had regular Pap tests.
You should start receiving your Pap test at age 21. If your Pap test result is normal, your doctor may tell you that you can wait three years until your next test.
If You Are Older Than 65 you may not need to be screened if your screenings in the past few years were all normal, or if you have had a total hysterectomy
If you need a referral to a gynecologist, contact your primary care physician.