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Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer starts in the cervix, or the lower part of the womb (uterus). Regular check-ups and screening tests can help detect precancerous changes in the cervix. These cervical cancer screenings are done as part of your routine women's health visit.

A Pap smear or Pap test can find these precancerous changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer. You may also have a test for HPV (human papillomavirus) at the same time as your Pap test. This looks for HPV infection, which is the most important risk factor for cervical cancer.

Most experts recommend beginning cervical cancer screening at age 21. Talk to your healthcare provider about when and how often you should have these tests.

Providers at Vanderbilt Women’s Health can help you determine the best cervical cancer screening plan for you. Your provider can also provide routine, ongoing care and address any gynecological concerns.

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