Cervical Cancer | Prevention

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Is there anything I can do to avoid getting cervical cancer?

You may be able to reduce your risk of cervical cancer if you:

  • Delay sexual intercourse until you're 18 years of age or older.
  • Make sure both you and your partner are tested for sexually transmitted infection (STIs).
  • Limit your number of sex partners.
  • Always use latex condoms to protect against STIs. (Remember condoms aren't 100% effective.)
  • Avoid smoking.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/00

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