About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.
A Pap test can help detect abnormal (changed) cells before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented if women get regular Pap tests and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month MOORE ON HEALTH encourages:
Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27
Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22