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Steps You Can Take Now To Prevent OsteoporosisImagine a concert at a 13,000-seat arena filled with women. That’s how many cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in America. And the 4,000 women with floor seats? Cervical cancer will kill them.

It doesn’t have to be this way, because cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and early detection can greatly reduce the risk of death.

The cell changes that lead to cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) that’s transmitted through sexual activity. Almost all women and men will be exposed to HPV at some point in their lives.

The Pap test is the most common method of screening for cervical cancer. It’s important for every woman to have this test beginning at age 21 and continue even after menopause because four out of 10 cervical cancer deaths occur in women age 65 and older.

5y survival rateAlong with screening, HPV vaccines are approved by the FDA for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 45.  Vaccination can’t stop an HPV infection that’s already occurred, but it can prevent a new one.

Screenings and vaccination are helping in the fight against cervical cancer, but the battle is far from over. A recent study revealed that cases of cervical cancer among women between the ages of 30 and 34 have been rising since 2000 even as case numbers among other age groups remained flat or declined.

A women’s healthcare provider like Northline Women’s Health Center in Southgate and Brownstown can help with screening for cervical cancer. Contact us to request an appointment today.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax