Cervical cancer is a common type of cancer that affects people with uteruses. It starts in a part of the body called the cervix, which is located in the lower part of the uterus. This cancer is often caused by a virus called HPV, which can be passed on during sex. Getting screened can detect the cancer while it’s still in an early stage and can easily be treated.
Screenings include two tests: the Pap test and the HPV test. The Pap test (also called a PAP smear or cervical screening), checks cells from the cervix to see if there are any changes that might lead to cancer. The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause cancer. These tests are usually recommended for women 21 years and older, but it’s important to talk to your provider about what’s right for you.
Taking care of your health is important, especially when it comes to cervical cancer. Find a health center near you and make an appointment to learn more.