It’s January, which means it’s Cervical Health Awareness Month! Learning and spreading knowledge on Cervical health is extremely important because if it’s not monitored well it can affect a vast number of people from all demographics. The good news, however, is that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable types of cancers. There are more ways than one that askNivi can make sure you are ahead of the game when taking the appropriate preventative measures for HPV and cervical cancer.
According to the CDC, the HPV vaccination protects individuals against the types of HPV that are most often the cause of cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers. The vaccination is especially important for preteens, ages 11 and 12 years old, or if that time frame has passed, everyone through the age of 26 years old. If you are older than 26, then the vaccine may not be the best option and it is important to talk to a healthcare professional. Luckily, AskNivi can connect you to the closest clinic to obtain or discuss the vaccine!
In addition to getting vaccinated against HPV, there are also two tests that can help with the prevention of cervical cancer: A Pap test and/or an HPV test.
Pap test: looks for pre-cancers that could become cervical cancer if not treated or watched carefully. Women should start getting pap tests at the age of 21. Between the ages of 21-29, if cells look normal, the test should be done every 3 years and from ages 30-65 should be done every 5 years.
HPV tests: should be done on women ages 21-29 ONLY if pap test results show irregularity. Women ages 30-65 should get an HPV test done every 5 years no matter what.
This may sound like a lot of info, but don’t worry, askNivi is here to help! Asknivi can connect you to your nearest clinic so that you can start setting up your tests to ensure a happy and healthy life.
Clinical visits aside, there are certain lifestyle choices that can also help prevent your chances of cervical cancer. Three important preventative measures include cutting out smoking, using condoms during sex, and limiting your sexual partners.
Following these steps will keep you informed on your cervical health and help to reduce HPV risks!
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