How Do I Reduce My Risk For Cervical Cancer?

While there is no way that you can prevent cervical cancer, there are habits, lifestyle choices, and optional preventative measures you can choose to reduce your risk.

  • HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine - this vaccine is administered to prevent HPV infection which, in turn, may reduce your risk of cervical cancer as well as other HPV-related cancers

  • Have routine PAP tests - a PAP test can detect precancerous cells so they can be monitored or treated in order to prevent cervical cancer. Most guidelines suggest routine PAP tests should begin at the age of 21 and repeated every few years. Speak with your doctor for their recommendation of your PAP test frequency

  • Practice safe sex - this includes limiting the number of your sexual partners and using a condom every time you have sex to prevent sexually transmitted infections

  • Don't smoke

It is imperative that you speak with your doctor, review your medical history, and determine if you should receive more frequent exams/screenings.