The cervical cancer prevention program aims to prevent cervical cancer in Bexar County. Our goal is to educate and promote cervical cancer screening. A Pap test checks for cervical cancer and can find abnormal cells (cells that are not normal) on the cervix. These cells can become cervical cancer. Any precancerous (cells that show early signs of cancer) cells found during a Pap test can be removed.
Women should begin getting Pap tests at the age of 21. Women between 21-64 years of age should get regular Pap tests to promote good health and cancer prevention. During a Pap test, the doctor will collect cells from a woman’s cervix. The cells are checked to see if they are normal.
Another way to help prevent cervical cancer is by getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The HPV vaccine is available for males and females 9-26 years. The vaccine helps protect against cervical cancer. The vaccine is given in three doses over six months.
Cervical cancer has several risk factors. Some of these can be changed while others cannot.
Risk factors include:
- Hispanic women have a higher rate of cervical cancer
- Having infections like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Having human papillomavires (HPV)
- Using birth control pills for five years or more
- Giving birth to three or more children
- Multiple sexual partners
There are several things we can do to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.
Risk reducing tips:
- Get regular Pap tests
- Get the HPV vaccine
- Limit the number of sexual partners
- Quit smoking
Are you in need of a Pap test?
Our Cervical Cancer Prevention program provides women free Pap tests. Do you:
- Live in Bexar County
- Are between 21-64 years old
- Are without health insurance
- Have CareLink
- Talk to your doctor about when and how often you should get a Pap test. Funding is available to assist in Pap test costs. For more information call Crystal Espinoza at (210) 358-3693.
Have you considered getting the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine helps reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer. The vaccine is for males and females 9-26 years old. The vaccine is given in three doses over a six month period. If you are interested in getting the vaccine or would like to get your child vaccinated please call Jessica Mersani at (210) 358-3245.
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