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Health Tip: Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

Health Tip: Help Prevent Cervical Cancer

More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year, but more than 90 percent of cases may be preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

(HealthDay News) — More than 12,000 women get cervical cancer every year, but more than 90 percent of cases may be preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

In 2012, some 8 million U.S. women aged 21 to 65 reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the last five years, the agency says.

The CDC recommends:

    • Vaccinate girls ages 11-12 against human papilloma virus (HPV), a primary cause of cervical cancer.
    • Obtain Pap tests every three years for women 21 to 29.
    • Women ages 30 to 65 should either get a Pap test every 3 years OR a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years.

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