Cervical cancer is a serious health issue but we have ways to find and stop it early. Checking for cervical cancer is important, and there are tests like Pap smears and HPV tests that can help.
CODAC is hosting Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics at two locations for members with Banner University Family Care coverage.
Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics:
- Wednesday, December 13 | 8am-1pm | 380 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
- Friday, December 15 | 8-4pm | 1075 E. Ft. Lowell Rd.
Early Detection Saves Lives:
Cervical cancer starts slowly, and at first, there may not be any signs. That’s why we have special tests to find any problems early. These tests make it easier to treat and stop cervical cancer from happening.
Regardless of your age or risk factors, regular cervical cancer screenings are recommended. The frequency of screenings may vary based on individual circumstances, so please check with your healthcare provider to create a personalized screening plan. Regular screenings not only detect potential issues early but also serve as an opportunity for healthcare professionals to address any concerns or questions regarding your health.
What to Expect During Your Cervical Cancer Screening:
The HPV test and the Pap test can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early.
- The HPV test looks for the virus (human papillomavirus) that can cause cell changes on the cervix.
- The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
Both tests can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic. During the Pap test, the doctor will use a plastic or metal instrument, called a speculum, to look inside your vagina. This helps the doctor examine the vagina and the cervix and collect a few cells and mucus from the cervix and the area around it. The cells are sent to a laboratory.
- If you are getting a Pap test, the cells will be checked to see if they look normal.
- If you are getting an HPV test, the cells will be tested for HPV.
Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer:
- HPV positive
- Tobacco use
- HIV or other immunocompromising condition
- Being sexually active without the use of condoms
- Not being vaccinated against HPV
Prevention Through HPV Vaccination:
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a leading cause of cervical cancer. Fortunately, vaccination against certain high-risk HPV strains is available, which may prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer screenings, combined with HPV vaccination, create a powerful defense against the disease.
If you are a member with Banner University Family insurance, please contact us at (520) 327-4505 to schedule your screening today! Appointments are limited.