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What is Cervical Cancer and why it is important?

 picture of the cervix   

Cervical cancer is a disease in which some cells in the cervix show abnormal, uncontrolled growth. Cervical cancer is often caused by the human papillomavirus or HPV. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that goes away by itself and rarely leads to cervical cancer. However, there are other risks that may lead to cervical cancer like not getting a regular Pap test.

It is important to know about cervical cancer because it is one of the few cancers that is nearly 100% preventable and curable when found early!

Getting a regular Pap test is the best way to find cervical cancer early!

Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts follows the Centers for Disease Control guidelines regarding Pap tests.

Women age 25 and older who qualify for free cervical cancer screening with Cancer Detection Programs: Every Woman Counts may receive a Pap test every year. If the Pap test is normal three years in a row then the Pap test can be repeated every three years instead of every year.

To see if you qualify for these free tests call 1-800-511-2300 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. We speak English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.


Last modified on: 1/23/2008 11:39 PM