Monday, August 09, 2010

How Can You Protect Yourself from Cervical Cancer?

Have you ever heard a woman say she looks forward to her annual Pap smear? I sure haven’t! For me, it’s something I dread every year, and I don’t even want to think about it. However, I do it because I want to be sure that I’m as healthy as can be. If there’s cause for concern, better to catch it early.

One of the things your doctor is looking for is signs of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer affecting women around the world. One good thing about this cancer is that we know it’s caused by a virus called HPV. If you’re 30 or older, it’s recommended that you ask your doctor to perform a digene HPV test, along with your Pap smear, to see if you have one of the “high-risk” infections on your cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. If you are at higher risk, even though it’s a scary thought, it’s better to know because you and your doctor can be especially vigilant in looking for signs of cancer so it can be caught as early as possible. Don’t assume that your doctor is automatically doing this test; be proactive about requesting it!

Go to to learn more about the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer through HPV and Pap tests. Read about what your test results mean, look at frequently asked questions, and hear other patients’ stories. Look at the myths and facts about HPV and cervical cancer. This is one case when just asking a simple question -- “Could you please give me a digene HPV test?” -- could save your life.



DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the QIAGEN digene HPV test. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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