FREDERICK, Md. —
Cervical cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide, yet it is almost always preventable with the Pap test.
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Cervical cancer grows slowly, as abnormal cells begin to change into a pre-cancerous state. For some women, pre-cancerous changes go away without treatment. For others, the condition needs to be treated so cancer doesn't develop.
Women should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21. It is important for you to continue getting a Pap test regularly.
Also, the HPV vaccine helps to prevent the HPV infection that leads to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is approved for use for females 9 to 26 years of age.
For more information about cervical cancer, call the Frederick County Health Department at 301-600-3362.