Cervical Cancer Can Be Prevented
Did you know that there is a simple test your doctor can do
that can help prevent cervical cancer? It is called the Pap test.
This test can help you stay healthy so you can be there for
- The Pap test can find early cell changes
in the cervix before these changes turn
- If the test finds cell changes early
enough, it can prevent you from
having cervical cancer.
Having a Pap test once is not enough!
- Women and teenagers should start
getting regular Pap tests about 3 years
after the first time they have sex.
- Women should have a Pap test no
later than age 21, even if they have
not started having sex.
- Women should get a Pap test at least
once every 3 years.
Doctor Vargas: "Many
women do not know
about the Pap test.
Then they find out they
have cervical cancer
when it is at an
advanced stage. The
cancer could have been
prevented with regular
This booklet can answer some questions about cervical cancer
and may ease your concerns about having the Pap test.
This booklet talks about:
- Cervical cancer
- The Pap test (sometimes called a Pap smear)
- How often to get a Pap test
- Common questions and answers.
You will read about 3 women. They may be like you or other
women you know. Consuelo, Rosa, and Virginia have a lot of
questions about the Pap test. Read their questions and
answers in this booklet.
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