3 Key facts
Vaccines can prevent it. HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines block the viruses that cause most cervical cancers.
Screening saves lives. Cervical cancer was once a leading cancer killer of U.S. women. But screening has led to fewer cervical cancer deaths than in the past.
Getting screened on time is key. Routine tests can find abnormal cells before they become cervical cancer. Screening also can find cervical cancer early, when it is easier to treat.
Sources: American Cancer Society; Office on Women's Health