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Preventing cervical cancer

  • There are two ways to prevent cervical cancer - the first is to prevent infections with HPV, the second is to get regular Pap smears that will detect pre-cancerous conditions and HPV.
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    There are two ways to prevent cervical cancer - the first is to prevent infections with HPV, the second is to get regular Pap smears that will detect pre-cancerous conditions and HPV.

  • Girls less than 18 years of age should avoid sexual activity or always use condoms.
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    Girls less than 18 years of age should avoid sexual activity or always use condoms.

  • If a woman sees warts on her partner
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    If a woman sees warts on her partner's genitals, she should avoid intercourse.

  • To further reduce the risk of cervical cancer, women should limit the number of their sexual partners.
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    To further reduce the risk of cervical cancer, women should limit the number of their sexual partners.

  • Women should avoid sexually promiscuous partners.
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    Women should avoid sexually promiscuous partners.

  • Condoms may help prevent the transmission of HPV (human papilloma virus) – the virus responsible for cervical cancer.
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    Condoms may help prevent the transmission of HPV (human papilloma virus) - the virus responsible for cervical cancer.

  • Annual pelvic examinations, including a pap smear, should begin when a woman becomes sexually active, or by the age of 20 in a non-sexually active woman.
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    Annual pelvic examinations, including a pap smear, should begin when a woman becomes sexually active, or by the age of 20 in a non-sexually active woman.

  • All abnormal findings in pelvic examinations should be followed up with colposcopy and biopsy.
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    All abnormal findings in pelvic examinations should be followed up with colposcopy and biopsy.

  • Studies show that smoking can actually speed up the process of cervical damage caused by HPV. Quitting now greatly reduces your risk of several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.
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    Studies show that smoking can actually speed up the process of cervical damage caused by HPV. Quitting now greatly reduces your risk of several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.

  • Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of being infected with HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases. So, avoid having multiple sexual relationships.
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    Having multiple sexual partners increases your risk of being infected with HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases. So, avoid having multiple sexual relationships.

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