Kern Family Health Care | Family Health | Fall 2021

FAMILY HEALTH 2 What to know about cervical cancer IF YOU NEED HELP scheduling your doctor’s visit, call 661-632-1590 or 800- 391-2000 . y If you are between 21 and 65 years old, have an annual physical exam, including: – A pelvic exam. – An HPV test, which looks for high-risk types of HPV. – A Pap test, which examines cervical cells for cancer. When should I see my doctor? Testing will detect cervical cancer early. If you have any of the What is cervical cancer? Cervical cancer is a cancer that happens in the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, causes most cervical cancer. How do I protect myself? y HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer later in life. Get the HPV vaccines: – Between ages 9 and 26. following symptoms, contact your doctor: y Abnormal vaginal bleeding. y Unusual vaginal discharge. y Pain during sex. y Pelvic pain. For more information, visit: y cervical-cancer.html y