How can I reduce my risk of cervical cancer?

Have regular smear tests

This can help to spot any changes to cervical cells before they turn cancerous. If you are aged 25-44 you should have a smear test every 3 years. If you are aged 45-60 you should have a smear test every 5 years.

Don’t smoke

Not smoking will make it easier for your body to fight an HPV infection and reduce the risk of cancerous changes in the cells in your cervix.

Get vaccinated against HPV

The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults. This is why the HPV vaccine is offered to all girls in first year in second level schools to protect them from cervical cancer in adulthood.

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Irish Cancer Society Logo221+ Patient Support Group thanks the Irish Cancer Society for permission to use the text of their booklet Cervical Cancer, What You Should Know
and acknowledges the contribution of the original authors of the booklet.