Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains why regularly getting a pap smear can help with early detection of cervical cancer.">

Dec 24, 2017 — Each year, more than 12,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. But it's the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent—if caught early. On today's Health Minute, OB/GYN Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains why regularly getting a pap smear can help with early detection of cervical cancer.

Interview

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Interviewer: There's one thing that if every woman did, would nearly eliminate their chances of getting cervical cancer. Dr. Kirtly Parker-Jones, what's that one thing?

Dr. Parker-Jones: First, I think it's important to make sure all women know that cervical cancer is mostly preventable. Cervical cancer can be detectable before it becomes cancer and treatable before it becomes cancer. That is what the Pap smear is for. It's cheap. Nobody ever died from a Pap smear. Maybe you thought you would, but you won't. If the pre-cancer stage is detected with the Pap smear, it can be treated before it becomes cancer and save your cervix and uterus. So there's one thing to eliminate the chances of cervical cancer, is early detection in the early stages, and it's the Pap smear.

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