Cervical Cancer Screening
Cancer is certainly something that we are all concerned about in some way or another. We all realize that there is a possibility that we will have to deal with it at some point in our life. That is why many of us will make sure that we have tests done on a routine basis in order to catch any problems that may be occurring early, before they have an opportunity to really take root. These tests can take many different forms but one of the most important for a woman to have on a regular basis is a Pap smear, or cervical cancer screening.
Whenever you go in for cervical cancer screening, the pap test is going to be able to see if there are any changes that are taking place in the cells of this area that could possibly lead to some form of cancer. Although the pap test is one of the most common that is given during this time, it is also possible for you to have another test which checks for the presence of HPVs, or human papillomaviruses which may be one of the highest risk factors of this type of cancer.
It is also important for you to have other types of cancer screening, such as a regular mammogram. Although cancer can occur in any part of the body, it is typically found in several different areas, such as in the area of the cervix or the breasts. Having regular cervical cancer screening along with mammograms is your best defense against allowing this type of cancer to grow inside of your body.
The real problem with cervical cancer screening is very much the same as having a mammogram. Both of these tests are rather unpleasant to take so many women tend to skip them for this reason. I can't stress enough, the importance of going in for cervical cancer screening on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, it is usually a good idea for you to set up your next appointment at the same time as you are there having the screening done.
Not meaning to be an alarmist, but in the United States alone, there are more than 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer that are occurring every year. Out of those 13,000 cases, over 4000 individuals are going to lose their life as a result of the cancer. One of the only ways for you to be able to ensure your safety in this case is to have regular cervical cancer screening so that the cancer can be caught at it's early stages. This will help you to be able to avoid the cancer altogether and in many cases, it is totally curable if it is caught early. So make sure that you make your Pap smear and cervical cancer screening appointments promptly and regularly. It is one of the most important things that you can do for your overall health.
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