The Pap test is
the best way to find cervical cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.
Regular Pap tests almost always show these cell changes before they turn into
cancer. It's important to follow up with your doctor after any abnormal Pap
test result so you can treat abnormal cell changes. This may help prevent cervical
If you are age 26 or younger, you can get the HPV vaccine, which protects against two types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer.
The virus that causes
cervical cancer is spread through sexual contact. The best way to avoid getting
sexually transmitted infection is to not have
sex. If you do have sex, practice safer sex, such as
using condoms and limiting the number of sex partners you have.