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When is the Last Time You Had a Cervical Cancer Screening?

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Nearly 14,100 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2022, and an estimated 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer this year. But if detected early enough, it is one of the most treatable forms of the disease.

Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable, thanks to screenings and vaccinations. If found in the early stages when cancer has not spread outside the cervix or uterus, the five year survival rate for cervical cancer is about 92 percent.

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer is to get a Pap test, or Pap smear, and human papillomavirus (HPV) test done by your doctor. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that plays a role in causing cervical cancer.

These tests find precancerous cells before they turn into invasive cancer, improving the chances of successful treatment.

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