Cervical cancer is known as a silent danger for women, but its dangers are incredibly real. Like any other cancer, early detection is key for preventing major problems and fatal consequences. At All Female Health Care, Inc., we know that routine testing is key to keeping cervical cancer’s threats at bay. Each year, over 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and sadly over 4,000 of these women will face fatal results. But, detected early on, cervical cancer is often very curable. We encourage you to stay abreast of your cervical cancer risks with regular pap smears from our gynecologists in Pompano Beach, FL.
A pap smear is a test in which your gynecologist removes a small sample of cells from the cervix. These cells are then tested for abnormal growth, screening for precancerous cells. If precancerous cells are found, then your doctor can recommend the next course of action. Most often, precancerous cells are not found. But, the risk is still there, considering that human papillomavirus (HPV) is carried by up to 80 percent of people. HPV doesn’t always lead to cervical cancer, but it does put patients at greater risk for this cancer depending on other factors.
At our birth control center in Pompano Beach, FL, we know that routine pap smear testing is vital for keeping the threat of cervical cancer at bay. That being said, cervical cancer is a slower moving cancer, meaning testing can be spaced out. For women aged up to 30, it’s recommended to get pap smears every 3 years. Women 30-65 should elect for pap smears every 3-5 years, depending on their health and HPV risk factors. Low risk women over 65 do not need pap smears.
Cervical cancer has gained recent spotlight with public figures such as Joey Feek succumbing to the disease. Cervical cancer is nothing to ignore, because early detection can make all the difference in successful treatment. Often, simple removal of the cancerous or precancerous cells can help patients move past a cervical cancer diagnosis. It all depends on many factors, but you can rest assured that our team at All Female Health Care, Inc. will work for your best possible results.
The best thing you can do in the fight against cervical cancer is get your pap smears at normal intervals. Routine pap smears are the key to keeping healthy and happy. If you do notice any strange symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, fatigue, pelvic pain or irregular uterine bleeding, it’s recommended to get a pap smear to check that everything is alright. To learn more about pap smears and other routine treatments, connect with our gynecologists in Pompano Beach, FL. Call (954) 742-3536 to learn more.