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70% of cervical cancer is caused by certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
HPV (Human papillomavirus) is a common family of viruses found in both males and females. Some HPV viruses cause genital warts and other HPV viruses cause cancer of the cervix.
HPV is passed from one person to another through intimate sexual contact and skin-to-skin contact.
A Pap test is a screening test that looks for abnormal cells on the cervix. These cells could develop into a cancer if not found and treated.
Talk to your doctor about getting the HPV vaccine, preferably before you are sexually active. The vaccine prevents 70% of HPV infections.
Go for regular Pap tests, including follow-up Pap tests for abnormal results, and get the HPV vaccine.
No. There are no symptoms and often people do not know that they have an HPV infection.
No. Nor does it check for sexually transmitted infections.
Yes. Pap tests are necessary for all women who have ever been sexually active.