Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus. Because of the HPV connection, there are several actions that you can take to reduce the likelihood of acquiring the virus and your chances of getting cervical cancer.

Get vaccinated

HPV vaccines have the potential for preventing cervical cancer. Routine vaccination is recommended for females aged 11 to 26 and is most effective when given to girls between the ages of 11 to 12. Two doses of the vaccine are given by injection during a six-month period. Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine.

Screening tests

Advances have been made in screening for cervical cancer in the last few decades. When caught early, cervical cancer is highly treatable. One of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer is to get a Pap and an HPV screening test regularly. Learn more about screenings.