Cervical cancer screenings
Cervical cancer screenings are an important part of any woman's health. First Choice wants to make sure you know the importance of these screenings. We also want to make sure you have easy access to tests and are comfortable and ready when you visit your doctor.
What are cervical cancer screenings?
There are two cervical cancer screening tests:
- Pap test – This test checks your cervix for abnormal cells that could turn into cervical cancer. The Pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. You should start getting regular Pap test at age 21 at least every 3 year or as recommended by your doctor.
If you are 30 years old or older, you may choose to have an HPV test along with the Pap test every 5 years. Both tests can be performed by your doctor at the same time.
- HPV test – This test checks your cervix for HPV (human papillomavirus) that can cause abnormal cells and cervical cancer.
You should have the HPV test after 30 and/or if it is requested by your doctor.
Your doctor will keep you as comfortable as possible during your visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Who is at risk for cervical cancer?
- Women who do not have Pap tests.
- Women who do not follow up with testing or treatment after an abnormal Pap test, as told by their doctor.
- Women who smoke.