Doctors have advice during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and local doctors say routine procedures can keep you safe from the dangerous disease.

Cervical cancer is the 4 th most common cancer in the world in women and is transmitted by the Human Papilloma virus 95% of the time.

There is a vaccination for HPV, which the Food and Drug Administration recommends for people between 9 and 45 years of age.

“Once cervical cancer occurs, it is one of the kinds of cancers that is difficult to treat because, generally, it could require a radical hysterectomy, it could require chemotherapy. And then, there are different stages of cervical cancer that, especially if it’s a higher stage cancer, could result in early death,” said Dr. Costa Sousou, the chairman of the department of OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr. Sousou said cervical cancer can be prevented by detecting HPV with regular pap smears, which is every three years between ages 21 and 29 and every five years between ages 30 and 65.

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