January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to talk about how human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines can help prevent cancer. This type of cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44 with the average age at diagnosis being 50. With cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination, cervical cancer is now the most preventable of all female cancers. When cervical cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better.
If you’ve ever been sexually active, you should start having regular pap tests by the time you’re 21. You’ll need a pap test every 1 to 3 years, depending on your previous test results.
Learn more about cervical cancer.