What can I do to reduce the risk of cervical cancer?
Since the main cause of cervical cancer is infections with HPV, you can focus on HPV prevention in order to avoid the cancer.
1. Pap test (Pap smear)
In Pap test, the doctor looks for precancers. Regular Pap tests can help you to stop cells from turning abnormal. You should start it at 21 years old.
2. HPV test
For people over 30, HPV test would be a good option. If the test result is positive, the doctor will watch more closely for symptoms of the cancer.
3. HPV vaccine
HPV vaccine can protect you from getting infected with types of HPV that may cause cervical cancer. The vaccine is accessible for people over age 9. Yet it would be useless if you take the injection after 26.
4. Other prevention options
Using condoms during sex.
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
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