Yesterday I was talking to a friend about the Pap test and mammography. We had both gone for a checkup when the year started. All went well. So we were celebrating.
However, when I mentioned cervical cancer, he knew little in detail. This disease is one of which little is spoken. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises women to consult with their physician about which tests are recommended to detect it early. In the case of a minor, it is recommended that she be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus.
A troubling fact is that cervical cancer kills 4,000 women in the United States. However, the College said the diagnosis has been cut in half this year, according to a HealthDay review.
"Women can protect themselves from cervical cancer through monogamy, the practice of safe sex and regular Pap smears. The school also recommends that girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 26 receive the HPV vaccine, "notes the note.