According to CDC:
- Cervical cancer used to be the leadingcause of cancer death for women in the U.S.
- In recent years that number hasdecreased significantly as a result of many women getting regular PAPsmears.
- Almost all cervicalcancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Stats: from Cancer Incidenceand Mortality in Nebraska: 2009/released June, 2012
- HPV,HIV, and Auto Immune Disorders.
- Itoccurs most often in women over age 30.
- UsingBirth Control Pills for 5 years or more.
- Havegiven birth to 3 or more children.
- Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs andsymptoms.
- Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding ordischarge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding aftersex.
- Get the HPV vaccine. It protects against the types of HPVthat most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
- See your doctor regularly for a Pap test that can findcervical precancers.
- Follow up with your doctor if your Pap test results are notnormal.
- Don't smoke.
- Use condoms during sex as males can be infected with HPV too.
- Limit your number of sexual partners.