- How to prevent cervical cancer: Do a papillomavirus typing test, do regular smear (PAP) tests and use a condom.
- Oncogenic strains can induce changes which can lead to cancer: It is well known that the majority of cervical cancer is produced by oncogenic strains of papillomavirus. Therefore most women do a regular smear test (the PAP test) with their gynaecologist to look for any early changes and get them treated.
The papillomavirus typing test is easy. It just consists of rubbing a swab over the cervix. Nobody carrying this virus ever goes straight from normal cells to cancer. There is always an intermediate stage (called dysplasia) which are exactly the changes we look out for. When we see these changes, a treatment can be started that stops the situation from worsening so as to protect the patient’s health.
- There is now a vaccine against the most common of the dangerous strains. Speak to your gynaecologist for more information.