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Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer

-- A prime cause of cervical cancer is human papillomavirus, which includes more than 30 types that can be transmitted sexually. A Pap test can find changes on the cervix caused by an HPV infection.

Here are suggestions on how to protect yourself from cervical cancer, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Get regular Pap tests -- as often as your doctor recommends.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotene and vitamins C and E. These substances may reduce your risk of cervical and other cancers.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Always use a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • Practice monogamy.
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Posted: April 2008