What You Should Know About Cervical Cancer and HPV

by | Jan 31, 2007 | Health & Healing

Cervical cancer begins in the cervix, which is the part of the uterus that opens to the vagina. It has become rare in the United States in recent years because most women get Pap tests that detect it before it starts or find it early enough to treat it easily.

IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR PAP TESTS
A Pap test, which is conducted during a pelvic exam, helps doctors identify early changes in the cervix that might lead to cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society Web site (www.cancer.org), abnormal results on a Pap test are common and don’t always result in a cancer diagnosis. However, it is still important to have the test done regularly. Keep these points in mind:

  • If cancer does occur, the Pap test can find it early when it is easier to treat.
  • Your doctor or nurse can tell you how often you should have a Pap test.

    WHAT IS HPV?
    Changes in the cervix are often caused by a virus called HPV, which is short for human papillomavirus. Almost everyone who has ever had sex has had HPV at some time in his or her life. There are no symptoms and most people never even know they have it.

    HPV is spread through sex and it can cause an infection in the cervix. There is no treatment for HPV, but usually the infection goes away after a while on its own because your body fights it off.

    If the HPV doesn’t go away, the virus may cause cervix cells to change and become precancer cells. Precancer cells are not cancer.

    Most cells with early precancer changes return to normal on their own. But sometimes, the precancer cells may turn into cancer if they are not found and treated.

    Because HPV is so common, any woman who has ever had sex can be at risk of developing cervical cancer. However, most women do not. Women who have their Pap tests as often as they should are least likely to develop cervical cancer.

    Your chances of developing cervical cancer increase if you:

  • have the HPV that can cause cervix cancer and it doesn’t go away
  • have HIV or AIDS
  • smoke

    In addition to a Pap test, there is the HPV test. This test can be done at the same time as the Pap test, with a second swab. Some women with a certain type of abnormal Pap test will get an HPV test as part of their follow-up. If you think you might want to get an HPV test, you can get more information by calling your American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

Read Time: 1 Minute 59 Seconds Bishop J. Drew Sheard and the General Board of the Eastern Florida Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ announced Tuesday the death of one of its most beloved leaders, Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Hutchins was 65....

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

They are saying the charismatic movement is divisive. Whenever people get involved in the "new emphasis," there are disruptions in the status quo. Red flags go up. Lines are drawn. I would ask: What else could be expected? Any force as great as this is bound to make...

Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Read Time: 6 Minutes, 42 Seconds Is it possible that ancient entities known as "the gods" have returned to our world? Could these gods actually be the unseen movers and catalysts of what's happening in America and the world today? Could they lie behind the current...

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Read Time: 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Most made-for-TV Christmas movies are like eggnog and sugar cookies—way too sweet, yet extremely addictive for a lot of viewers. But these Hallmark-style movies—the ones with predictable love stories that always end with jingling bells...

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Read Time: 1 Minute 51 Seconds At a recent gathering where a member was struggling, I heard and declared by the Spirit of the Lord, “Goodness is following you, TURN and see; embrace His goodness in this moment and watch the shift!” There was an immediate shift and...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Read Time: 2 Minutes 25 Seconds If you search the phrase, “where does life come from?” the first explanation reads: “The origin of life is a result of a supernatural event—and readily arises from nonliving matter in short periods of time, today as in the past.” The...

RECENT ARTICLES

Raise Your Praise!

These are the days that may leave you feeling defeated. You may be wondering when these present trials will end or how can you strengthen your faith for the battle as you wrestle against powers and...
7 Elements Needed for Revival That Will Usher in Reformation

7 Elements Needed for Revival That Will Usher in Reformation

Read Time: 1 Minute 9 Seconds What will turn the nations around? What will restore the world to sanity? There have been revivals from Old Testament times up through the year 2000. Today we need both a revival and a reformation. Here are 7 elements needed to usher in...

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Mario Murillo: An Era of Mass Soul Winning Has Begun

Read Time: 4 Minutes, 27 Seconds From the very first tent stake we drove into California soil, until now, there has only been one dream. And, after two years, that dream came true in Roseville. Roseville is the victory we have yearned for. It confirms that an era of...

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

How You Can Flow in the River of Living Water

Read Time: 5 Minutes, 2 Seconds A river is a source of life. As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. Jesus told His disciples that if we believe in Him, "rivers of living water" will flow out from within us, from our hearts. "Anyone who believes in me may...

Pin It on Pinterest