Just wanted to share this article I found from the CDC on helping prevent cervical cancer – what they call the preventable gynecologic cancer. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, occurring mostly in women over age 30. According to CDC, most cases are “easily preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up”. SCREENING : two tests can help find it early or prevent it altogether 1. Pap test or Pap Smear looks for precancerous cell changes 2. HPV test – detects the virus that can lead to the precancerous cell changes HPV Vaccines: there are several vaccines available that protect against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer. Two are approved by the USFDA – Cervarix and Gardasil. Other prevention steps 1. Don’t smoke 2. Use condoms 3. Limit your sexual partners For more information, read the CDC article and/or contact your gynecologist.