Gynecology - Cancer and Women - Cervical Cancer
Cancer of the cervix is thought to be due to a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is now available. Diseases of the cervix can develop over time into cancer. Early diagnosis is important in cervical cancer because it can usually be cured if it’s found early.
Pap tests should begin three years after becoming sexually active or 21 years of age, which ever comes first. Cancer of the cervix can be prevented. To reduce your risk, don’t smoke, avoid having multiple sex partners, and use condoms.