Encouraging screening for cervical cancer

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Cancer prevention is the best way to save lives.

The Saskatchewan Cancer Agency is trying to increase awareness for preventing cervical cancer during the national Cervical Screening Awareness Week that began on Monday and runs until Sunday.

“In essence, what we’d like is to encourage (women) to get the Pap test,” said Yvonne Taylor, the provincial leader of early detection of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. “Cervical cancer is one of the cancers that is preventable. The nature of the cancer, it has what is called pre-cancerous cell changes and that’s what we want to find in the Pap test.”

If the pre-cancerous cell changes are found in the Pap tests, Taylor said it is far easier to treat and prevent cancer. Generally caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), approximately 80 per cent of cervical cancers can be prevented with regular Pap tests.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

 

Organizations: Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Human Papillomavirus, Times-Herald

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