Cervical cancer can easily be prevented. Its cause is known: the human papillomavirus (HPV). Today, technologies are available to test for the cancer-causing types of HPV and determine if you may be at risk.
• THE PAP TEST looks at a sample of cells taken from a woman's cervix for any cell changes or abnormalities.
• THE HPV TEST is conducted from the same sample as the Pap and identifies women with high-risk HPV infections that can cause cervical cancer. When used with a Pap in women 30 and older, the HPV test increases the ability to identify who is at risk of developing cervical cancer.
If you are age 30 or older, ask your doctor for the digene HPV Test together with your Pap test.
• If one or both tests come back abnormal, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. It simply enables your doctor to monitor you more closely or treat pre-cancerous cells before cervical cancer develops.
Educational materials and insurance information can be found at www.theHPVTest.com.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the QIAGEN digene HPV test. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.