Cervical cancer does not discriminate

Monica Alejandro, age 30, feels it is important to set a good example for her daughters. She wants them to stay up to date with their health screenings. Alejandro knows staying informed about your body and getting regular Pap tests is important.

Pap tests let doctors check a woman’s cervix and make sure her cells are normal. Cells that are not normal could lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can affect any woman no matter their sexual choice. “You need to be informed about your body and how you can protect yourself,” said Alejandro.

Cervical cancer can be prevented by getting regular Pap tests. Women should get their first Pap test once they turn 21. Then, women should get regular Pap tests until they turn 64. Depending on a woman’s situation, the doctor may recommend something different.

Alejandro knows getting the facts about your health is important, “If you want to be healthy, you need to know about yourself.” She feels all women should get regular Pap tests saying, “You don’t know who they [your partner(s)] have been with. So you have to protect yourself so that you are healthy.”

Cervical cancer does not discriminate. Get a Pap test to help prevent cervical cancer.

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