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Early detection is key in treating and possibly even curing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is cancer of the lower, narrow part of the uterus. The uterus, a hollow, pear-shaped organ, is located in a woman's lower abdomen between the bladder and rectum. The cervix forms a canal that opens into the vagina, which leads to the outside of the body.
The Pap Test is the best protection against cervical cancer. It involves a microscopic examination of cells from the vagina and cervix to detect not only cancer but also precancerous cells. Detecting and treating these cells can actually prevent cervical cancer and potentially prevent all deaths from this disease. Women should have a Pap Test and pelvic examination every year after age 17 or if you are or have been sexually active. Women who began sexual intercourse at an early age or who have had multiple partners are at a higher risk for cervical cancer.
Detecting cervical cancer in its early stages is often difficult. That is why it is so important to have regular Pap Tests.
No one is immune, but you are at higher risk for cervical cancer if you:
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- Began sexual intercourse at an early age
- Have had multiple sexual partners.