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Cervical Cancer: Get Screened!

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Emily Wong

on 19 June 2014

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Transcript of Cervical Cancer: Get Screened!

Cervical Cancer
How do we screen?
The Pap Test
When should you have a pap test?
The American Cancer Society recommends:
How do you prepare?
(And make your pap tests more accurate!)
What will happen?
Screening is brief and simple
Family History
Unprotected Sex
Get Screened!
Happens most often in women
over age

1 out of every 4
new cases happens in women between the ages of
If your mother or sister had cervical cancer,
your chance of also having the disease is
2 or 3 times higher
Not all STIs show symptoms
Chlamydia is a common STI that could increase the risk of cervical cancer
Women who smoke are twice as likely to get cervical cancer
Diets high in vegetables and fruit in place of fatty and oily foods help to prevent obesity
Obese/overweight women are more likely to develop cervical cancer
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer
3 out of 4 cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV
Passed from one person to another, mainly through unprotected sex
Unprotected sex puts you at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI)
What is Cervical Cancer?
Cancer is a disease where cells in the body grow out of control
Cervical cancer starts in the
Normal Cells
Cancerous Cells
The HPV Test
Looks for any unusual changes in your cervical cells
Looks for signs of the HPV virus
Some women are tested for HPV with the Pap test
If Pap Test Results are unusual, HPV test may also be used
If HPV Test Results show a high-risk type of HPV, more tests may be needed
All women begin at age 21
Age 21 to 29
Pap test
every 3 years
Age 30 to 65
Pap test with an HPV test
every 5 years
Schedule the screening appointment for when
you are not on your menstrual period
(at least 5 days after your menstrual period stops)
Do not douche
Do not have sex
Do not use tampons, vaginal creams, moisturizers, lubricants, or vaginal medicines
48 Hours before the test:
Benefits of Screening = Preventing Cervical Cancer!
Metal or plastic instrument called a
is placed inside your vagina to help the doctor clearly see the cervix
Your doctor will collect a small sample of cells by lightly scraping the surface of the cervix with a small spatula
A small cotton-tipped swab is then inserted into the cervical opening to take a sample from the inside of the cervix
Cell samples are prepared to be examined under a microscope
Your doctor will contact you with the results
Asian American women have the lowest Pap test rate
Most cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests
Start screening
to prevent cervical cancer
Risk Factors
Risk Factors
268 Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

To make an appointment call:
(212) 966-0228

Open 7 Days a Week

Appointments available by phone or walk-in

We serve all patients regardless of their ability to pay

Learn more and visit: www.cbwchc.org
HPV does not always show symptoms
so can be passed on without you knowing
HPV can cause abnormal cells to grow in the cervix
Abnormal cells can turn into
cervical cancer
Screening finds abnormal cells early,
preventing cervical cancer!
In NYC, they have the second highest death rate by cervical cancer
Continue to follow these guidelines even after you stop having children
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