Medicine

Fight Against Cervical Cancer

Fight Against Cervical Cancer

If you are a resident of Fulton or DeKalb county Good Sam can provide you with a free pap smear if you are 20 years and older or a free mammogram if you are over 40 years old.

The HPV vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer which can be found at any primary care clinic. It can also be used as a screening test on its own, and, in one recent study, it was almost twice as effective as the Pap test in detecting early cervical cancer. The screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops, and it can detect cervical cancer in its early stages, when the disease is most curable.

There are usually no symptoms: There are usually no symptoms of cervical cancer, and, left undetected, cervical cancer was once a major cause of death for American women. "We encourage women not to delay their screening, and to talk to their doctor or call the Cancer Services Program". Texas had the highest rates of women who were diagnosed and died from cervical cancer.

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Another way to prevent cervical cancer is by being vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV).

The CDC recommends women between the ages of 9 and 26 and men between the ages of 13 and 21 get the vaccine. Women who smoke are about twice as likely to get cervical cancer compared to non-smokers, and cervical cancer is more often found in women over the age of 30.

Cervical cancer is the most preventable and detectable type of cancer through regular screening.


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