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Should I get tested for cervical cancer?

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services if you are a woman over the age of 21 or under the age of 21 who has been sexually active for three years, then the answer is yes.

Cervical cancer screening is as easy as getting a Pap test (also called a Pap smear). A Pap test can detect any abnormal cells in the cervix before they turn into cancer or while cancer is still in the early, treatable stages. Women should get a Pap test at least every three years.

If you would like more information on cervical cancer or to schedule an appointment with an East Jefferson General Hospital OB/GYN for a Pap test, please call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us at www.ejgh.org.

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