Many of you may find the cancer topic unrelatable until someone you know has it. #CervicalCancer is the 2nd most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age. The common cause which contributes to cervical cancer is certain types of Human papillomavirus (HPV). Prevent HPV with the HPV vaccine and regular cervical screening.
Cervical Cancer Screening
1) Pap smear
Pap smear (or Pap test) is a cytological screening for cervical cancer. It involves collecting cells from the cervix in the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Pap smears are recommended for women who are or have been sexually active, or who are 21 years of age and above. It is typically recommended that women get a Pap smear every 2 years, depending on their age, risk factors and previous diagnosis.
2) HPV DNA Genotyping
HPV DNA genotyping is a laboratory test that is used to identify the specific types of HPV present in a sample of cells or tissue, mainly to identify high-risk HPV genotypes, which are responsible for most HPV-related cancers.
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