Ways to prevent cervical cancer — vaccination and screening

If you could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you? You can. In fact, there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer — vaccination and screening.

Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Being vaccinated against HPV could prevent most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through age 26. This vaccine provides protection to girls from cervical cancer later in life, and protection to both boys and girls from several other cancers.

The second way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting screened. Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts. These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it may be most easily treated.

Screening should begin at age 21 and is covered under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health.

No insurance? No problem. The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties can help eligible, uninsured women age 40 and older get cervical cancer screening. The program, which is supported with funds from New York state, also provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible New York state residents. Call 1-(866) 442-2262 today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.

Talk to your health care provider about cervical cancer screening or you can reach the CSP in Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties by calling (518) 841-3726.


program coordinator

CSP of Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady



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