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How does an HPV test help prevent cervical cancer?

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Because cervical cancer is so tied to HPV, it has many of the same risk factors. The more sexual partners you’ve had and the earlier you started having sex, the more likely you are to get HPV and cervical cancer. It’s the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Cervical Cancer is Preventable;” “Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers;” and “What Should I Know About Screening?”

American Cancer Society: “Cervical Cancer: Detailed Guide”  and “HPV and HPV Testing.”

Mayo Clinic. “Cervical Cancer.”

Office on Women’s Health. “Pap Test.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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