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      Important Facts Regarding Cervical Cancer

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      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

      Type

      Cervical/uterine 2005-2009

      0-17 Yrs.

      Cases %

      18-44 Yrs.

      Cases %

      45-64 Yrs.

      Cases %

      65+ Yrs

      Cases %

      Reported (306)

      1 0.3

      142 46.4

      116 37.9

      47 15.4

      Died (78)

      0 0.0

      14 17.9

      37 47.4

      27 34.5

      Risk Factors:

      • HPV,HIV, and Auto Immune Disorders.
      • Itoccurs most often in women over age 30.
      • Smoking.
      • UsingBirth Control Pills for 5 years or more.
      • Havegiven birth to 3 or more children.

      Signs/Symptoms:

      • 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.

      Prevention:

      • 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.
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