The most preventable female cancer.
Pap tests and the HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer.
Prevent cervical cancer with the right test at the right time!
The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus or womb and opens into the vagina or birth canal. There are often no noticeable symptoms of cervical cancer, so it is important that women get screened regularly. A Pap test is part of that screening. This test examines cells that are collected from the cervix by a health care provider. The test is looking for abnormal cells. It is important to detect and treat these abnormal cells because they can turn into cancer. Your health care provider also may screen for the human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV test looks for the virus that causes the abnormal cell changes.
What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus or HPV is a group of more than 150 types of viruses. Most infections with HPV do not cause cancer and go away on their own. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, HPV causes virtually all cervical cancers. To help prevent cervical cancer, vaccines are available to help prevent HPV infections.
It is recommended that women older than the age of 21 begin routine cervical cancer screening. Young girls (along with their parents) and young women should talk to their health care provider about HPV vaccines.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides free mammograms, breast exams and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured or underinsured women (ages 35-64). For more information about IBCCP, call the Women’s Health-Line at 888-522-1282, or visit http://cancerscreening.illinois.gov/
Learn more about cervical cancer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/?s_cid=ecard_2009CervicalCancer.
**If you do not have insurance and would like to see if you qualify for a no-cost screening, call Karri Williams at the Rock Island County Breast & Cervical Cancer Program at 309-558-2906.