Mar 29, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

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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