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The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to have regular screening tests starting at age 21. Read about some ways you can reduce your risk of cervical cancer here:

Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early: the Pap test and the HPV test. Read more about these screening options:

Remember to get screened for cervical cancer! Early detection is associated with survival and quality of life

Think you know all there is to know about cervical cancer? Test your knowledge about cervical cancer and other gynecologic cancers with this CDC quiz. The answers may surprise you!

Confused about signs and symptoms of cervical cancer or other gynecologic cancers? This chart from CDC’s Inside Knowledge campaign can help you listen to your body:

A Pap test is a cervical cancer screening test that looks for cell changes to the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately. Receiving an abnormal Pap test result does not usually mean you have cancer. Learn more:

A survivor’s advice on #cervicalcancer: “Get your Pap smear regularly. It really can save your life.”

HPV Messages

Each year, more than 12,000 people in the United States get cervical cancer, but it can be prevented by getting an HPV vaccine, visiting your doctor for a Pap test when recommended and not smoking. Find out more:

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to another. Learn more about HPV and other risk factors for cervical cancer:

Who should get the HPV vaccine and why is it important? Find the answer to this and more:

As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health now and in the future. Today, there’s a strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in your kids. Find out more:

Attention clinicians! CDC and partners, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend HPV vaccination of both girls and boys receiving two doses starting at ages 9-14 and three doses for ages 15-26. Read more:

More than 12,000 people get cervical cancer every year. Up to 93% of cervical cancers are preventable. HPV vaccination helps prevent infection with the HPV types that cause most cervical cancers. Learn more:

Current vaccination and screening recommendations for cervical cancer include that both girls and boys receive two doses of the HPV vaccine between ages 9-14 and those between ages 15-26 should receive three doses of the vaccine. Learn more:

Clinicians: Need some guidance on addressing common questions about the HPV vaccine? This document of tips and timesavers can help:

Clinicians: Did you know that 9-14 year olds only need two doses of the HPV vaccine for it to be effective? Get the latest info from this handy CDC decision tree:

Parents: Have you vaccinated your kids so they can lead healthy and full lives? Your doctors may have already talked to you about the Tdap vaccine to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and the flu shot to prevent influenza. Did you know that the HPV vaccine is recommended to prevent cervical and HPV-associated cancers? Find out more about recommended immunizations for children from 7-18 years old here:

Clinicians: What can you do to ensure your adolescent patients are fully vaccinated? Here is a factsheet for vaccine recommendations, including the HPV vaccination, to protect patients against cervical cancer:

Wyoming’s Vaccines for Children program covers HPV and other vaccine costs for kids/teens that are uninsured, underinsured, or eligible for Medicaid. Click here for more information.

Wyoming is ranked lowest in the country for children getting one dose of the HPV vaccine. This is 53.1% of children who are not vaccinated. To find a provider to vaccinate your children, click here.

The number of head and neck cancers related to HPV has surpassed the number of cervical cancers diagnosed.

The number of head and neck cancers diagnosed in men is higher than women. Boys need to be vaccinated too.


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