Preventative Measures: Cervical Cancer
Pondera Medical Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
Pondera Medical Center encourages:
Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
Parents to talk with their provider about getting their teenagers and pre-teens vaccinated
Teens and young adults should also speak with their provider about HPV vaccination if they didn’t receive it as pre-teens. Women can receive the vaccine up to age 26 years old. Men are also encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about receiving the HPV vaccination up to the age of 21. Men can be infected with the HPV and not be aware of the infection, as HPV does not always show symptoms. Any infected male may transmit the cancer causing virus to partners through sexual contact without having knowledge of doing so.
Most insurance plans allow these preventive services to be done at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more. Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.
Schedule an appointment with your provider or give Pondera Medical Center Clinic a call. Pondera Medical Center has four highly-qualified and experienced providers on staff to provide a cervical cancer screening with your comfort in mind. Ask for one of our female providers, Dr. Rosemarie Kennaley or Edith Ellsworth, Family Nurse Practitioner or one of our male providers, Dr. Jay Taylor or Aaron Dahle, PA-C. You can schedule your appointment with these providers at 406-271-3231.
For more information, visit www.ponderamedical.org