Cervical cancer is preventable… take your pap smear

Cervical cancer is preventable… take your pap smear

After Pink October, a breast cancer prevention campaign, the health services are launching a campaign called “Green June” for the prevention and screening of cervical cancer.


Cervical cancer is caused by viruses called “human papillomaviruses” or HPV. Very common, these viruses are transmitted during sexual intercourse. The condom is not 100% effective in protecting against it. 80% of women will meet him during his life. In most cases, we recover spontaneously without even knowing that we have been infected. But in 10% of cases, this infection will persist and may turn into cancer after several years. This is why Pap smear screening is the only way to detect these abnormal cells in time. It makes it possible to identify as early as possible any benign lesions on the cervix that could turn into cancer. These lesions will then be monitored or treated, thus preventing the onset of cancer. Thanks to screening, cancer of the cervix can thus be prevented. The French Polynesia Cancer Institute points out that the smear is free every three years for women aged 25 to 64.

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