Women’s Care: 13 Things to Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer

Women's Care: 13 Things to Know About HPV and Cervical Cancer

By Ana Clara Otoni

Women in Open Field

The beginning of the New Year inspires people to achieve new goals. A big part of what encourages someone to make changes are their loved ones, i.e family and friends. Back to Care Chiropractic has a commitment to family care and special attention to women’s care.

That’s why this month we are joining the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a program of the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and recognizing January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.  At Back to Care Chiropractic, we believe everyone should be comfortable in their own body and have the confidence to seek the care and support they need.

We want to urge every woman to make a New Year’s resolution to learn more about their cervical health.

So, here are 13 things to know about HPV and Cervical Cancer:

  1. There are 79 million people in the U.S. with HPV. Each year in the U.S. more than 4,000 women die as a result.
  2. Cervical cancer occurs when cervical cells become abnormal and over time grow out of control.
  3. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with HPV.
  4. Girls Holding HandsHPV infections often have no symptoms.
  5. Most sexually active individuals have HPV at some point.
  6. Some types of HPV can cause genital warts while other different types are linked to cervical changes that, if not detected early, can increase a woman’s risk for cervical cancer.
  7. HPV also causes some cancers of the penis, anus, vagina, vulva, and throat.
  8. HPV infections are usually harmless and most are cleared naturally by the body in a year or two.
  9. It usually takes 3–7 years for high-grade changes in cervical cells to become cancer. That’s why cervical cancer screening is important.
  10. A Pap test and HPV tests (either alone or in combination) are recommended for women over 30.
  11. Happy WomenPap test can find cell changes to the cervix caused by HPV.
  12. HPV test finds the virus and helps women at highest risk search for treatment earlier.
  13. To increase the accuracy of the test, you should avoid douching, sexual intercourse, and using vaginal medications or hygiene products for 2 days before your test. You also should avoid cervical cancer screening when you have your menstrual cycle.

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