Health Matters

Preventing Cervical Cancer

Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton

Cervical cancer is usually a preventable disease. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine explains it is also curable if detected early and treated.

“Most patients in the United States with cervical cancer have not undergone routine screening for at least 5 years. My recommendation is to get your smear.”

“New technologies for prevention of cervical cancer continue to be developed, but the pap smear has saved the lives of many. Now with HPV testing there is potential for further success.”

“Receiving the HPV vaccine can significantly reduce your risk of cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers are caused by infection with Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV. The best time to get the HPV vaccine is between the ages of 11 and 12; however, you may still be a candidate for this effective prevention.”

“Since most people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lifetime, prevention and screening are key to better health.”

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