Video Transcript: Claudia’s Cervical Screening Story (Spanish)
My name is Claudia. I am from El Salvador.
I thought that Pap tests were uncomfortable and painful.
I changed my mind when a friend told me about her experience.
The doctor discovered early changes in my friend's test that may lead to cancer.
Because the changes were caught early, her treatment was short and successful. Now she is well.
My doctor did the Pap test so quickly that I did not realize it was finished.
Now I know that I am healthy — my Pap test was normal.
Should I be screened for cervical cancer?
- Almost all cervical cancer is caused by a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
- Most HPV infections go away on their own, but this does not happen in some women. If certain types of HPV stay in the body, they can cause changes in the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer.
- Screening with a Pap test only takes a few minutes and checks for abnormal changes in the cervix that may lead to cancer.
- Most women should have a Pap test every three years if they are age 21 or older and have ever been sexually active.
- Speak to your family doctor or nurse practitioner about having a Pap test.
For more information about cervical screening:
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