CERVICAL HEALTH 

In the United States, Vietnamese women currently have the highest rate of cervical cancer compared with other racial and ethnic groups. The high rate is cervical cancer is contributed to the low rate of Pap testing in the community. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with HPV, which is preventable with a vaccine. 

Why Is it important to  screen for cervical cancer? 

  • Screening tests offer the best chance to have cervical cancer found early when treatment can be most successful. 

  •  Screening can prevent most cervical cancers since abnormal cervical cell changes (pre-cancers) can be treated before they have a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

  • An HPV test can identify the virus that can cause cell changes in the cervix. 

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How often should you get screen for cervical cancer?

  • HPV vaccination is recommended for preteens aged 11 to 12 years but can be given starting at age 9.

  • Individuals 21 years and older should get a Pap test every 3 years

  • Individuals 30 years and older may get a:

  • HPV test every 5 years ​

  • Pap & HPV co-testing every 5 years, or

  • Pap test every 3 years

To Learn More About Cervical Cancer

According to the CDC, screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. To learn more about cervical cancer and how to lower your risk factors, symptoms, and risk factors contact VACF or read our information pamphlet.