Cervical Cancer Awareness MonthCervical cancer affects approximately 13,000 women in the United States each year but it’s also one of the most preventable types of cancer. And there’s new evidence that prevention might be just one shot away.

Most women and men carry human papillomavirus (HPV) which is believed to cause up to 90 percent of cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine can protect against several strains of HPV and is recommended for girls and boys in middle school. The goal is to provide protection before sexual activity begins that can spread HPV.

The standard regimen for HPV vaccination calls for two doses at least six months apart but a new study suggests that just one dose may provide protection from an HPV infection.

You can benefit from the HPV vaccine even if you’re already sexually active. The vaccine can’t treat an existing HPV infection but it can prevent a new one. The HPV vaccine is approved for use up to age 45 and recommended for everyone between the ages of 9 and 26.

Screening and early detection of cervical cancer can also improve your odds of survival. This includes HPV testing and regular Pap tests beginning at age 21 that are an essential part of a woman's preventive health care.

Cancer of the cervix tends to occur during midlife; about half of women diagnosed with the disease are between 35 and 55 years of age. Continued Pap tests after menopause are recommended because nearly 40% of all cervical cancer deaths occur in women age 65 and older. Please discuss with your health care provider how often a Pap test should be done, as recommendations will vary based on age and risk status.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax