How do I prevent cervical cancer?

Patient: How do I prevent cervical cancer?


Doctor: Cervical cancer is most common cancer in women. It can be detected by simple test that is PAP smear test. Cervical cance r is most common in sexually active women and there is strong association with HPV infection. Only small set of HPV infections will progress to cervical cancer. This is augmented by immuno compromised state, HIV, poor nutrition, smoking etc. HPV infection is usually transmitted sexually. Condoms offers protection in this case. HPV vaccines are also available that are proven to prevent cervical cancer at early stages. It is advised to all the girls between 9 to 26 years of age. Kindly consult Gynaecologist for further elaboration and get a shot of vaccine (Gardasil) as per her advise.