Cervical Cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet over 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with it each year.
Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is found in about 99% of cervical cancers. While almost 90% of HPV infections resolve on their own within 2 years, high-risk types of HPV may cause cervical cancer.
Regular PAP screenings and HPV tests can help to diagnose pre-cancerous cell changes early and possibly prevent cervical cancer.
It is recommended that all females between the ages of 9 and 26 get an HPV vaccine. The vaccines do not cure HPV or related diseases but they help to prevent several types of HPV, including those found in most cervical cancers.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, there are a few things to know about potential treatments. Keep in mind that that the 5 year survival rate for cervical cancer that has not spread outside the cervix area is 92%.
Your doctor may discuss the following treatment options with you:
You can show your support and spread the word about Cervical Cancer Awareness month in many ways.
Please contact Dekalb Women’s Specialists for more information. We’re here to help!