Cervical cancer is one of the few types of cancer that can actually be prevented. You can protect yourself by finding out of you have the Human Papilloma virus, or HPV. This is one of the most widespread viruses in the world, and while most women fight off the virus before it causes any problems, certain “high-risk” types of HPV can cause abnormal cells to develop. We now know that these “high-risk” types of HPV cause 70% of all cervical cancer.
Protect yourself with the HPV test
Although the Pap test looks for abnormal cells that are caused by HPV, it does not look directly for HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer. To accurately determine if you have HPV you can now have an HPV test along with your Pap test. This test uses advanced molecular technology to detect the genetic code of all fourteen high-risk (oncogenic) HPV types. This will significantly increase the ability of your healthcare provider to protect you against cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is most likely to occur when you are age 30 or older. If you are in this age group, talk to your healthcare provider about the HPV test.
Find out more by accessing our HPV Test brochure