Screening and vaccines can prevent and detect cervical cancer

Most cervical cancer is caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is transmitted through
sex with an infected person. Many people don’t know that they have HPV, because there are
typically no symptoms. Some types of HPV can be prevented with a vaccine. Getting a Pap test
regularly can help prevent cervical cancer by detecting changes to cells on the cervix early.
Cervical cancer can be prevented by not smoking, using condoms and limiting your sexual
partners. Early on, cervical cancer doesn’t have symptoms. Check with your doctor to see if you
are due for a Pap test. If you don’t have a health care provider, Wood County Community Health
Center offers reproductive health services such as birth control, STD testing and yearly exams.