In our last blog, we gave you a brief introduction to cervical cancer. We talked about what causes cervical cancer and symptoms associated with it. We also talked about how cervical cancer is one of the easiest forms of cancer to prevent. At University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, your health is our number one priority, and we want to do everything we can to protect you from cervical cancer. That is why our experienced OBGYN in Bradenton has come up with this list of tips to prevent cervical cancer:
#1. Get vaccinated!
If you are between 10 and 26 years old, one of the best things that you can do to prevent cervical cancer is to get an HPV vaccine. As we mentioned in our last blog, HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer, so vaccinating yourself against it is absolutely essential for preventing cervical cancer.
#2. Practice safe sex.
You should always practice safe sex by using barrier methods of protection, especially if you are not in a monogamous relationship. Keep in mind that monogamy doesn’t erase your risk of STIs, like HPV, completely, so use your discretion. While birth control pills, patches and IUDs protect against pregnancy, the only way to protect yourself from STIs is with barrier methods of birth control, like condoms, but even they aren’t foolproof. The bottom line is, if you are sexually active, there is always a risk that you could get HPV, but using protection can go a long way to minimizing your risk.
These are just a couple of the many things you can do to protect yourself from cervical cancer. Want to learn more? If so, stay tuned for our next blog.