Cervical Cancer Screening

With regular screenings and HPV vaccination, cervical cancer is nearly 100% preventable and treatable. In fact, regular testing is one of the best ways to catch early signs of disease or infections that can indicate cervical cancer. When it’s caught early, there are more treatment options available, and your long-term outlook improves.

That's why it's important for healthy women to get a routine screening starting at age 21. If you haven’t been screened, or it’s been several years since your last screening, now is a great time to get scheduled.

Ready, Set, Know

Early detection saves lives. The earlier we discover a health issue, like cancer, the earlier we can treat it.

You can schedule your cervical cancer screening today. Need a healthcare provider? Find a doctor using our easy online search tool.

How screening works

Your doctor may recommend two types of tests to check the health of your cervix. A Pap test can detect changes in the cells of the cervix that can lead to cancer if left untreated. The HPV test looks for signs of the human papillomavirus that also can cause cell changes that can grow into cancer over time.

HPV infection causes nearly all cervical cancers. That's why it's important to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for regular testing. Your provider knows your medical history and can help you understand the type of test and frequency that's right for you.

Here are general guidelines that providers at Goshen Center for Cancer Care follow for cervical cancer screenings.



Your provider may recommend a different schedule if you are at high risk or have had an abnormal Pap test. Talk with your provider if you are over 65 to understand if continuing routine Pap tests is right for you.

Even if you have had the HPV vaccine, you should follow guidelines for regular screenings. It's the best way to prevent cervical cancer.

Treatment

If cervical cancer is detected early, we often perform surgery with the goal of maintaining the patient’s fertility if the tumor meets certain criteria. For more advanced cervical cancer, we typically offer a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. We also have excellent brachytherapy, which is necessary to potentially cure cervical cancer.

Goshen Center for Cancer Care provides comprehensive cervical cancer treatment under one roof, often combining multiple treatment strategies to achieve the best result.

Learn more about the gynecologic cancer treatments available at Goshen Cancer for Cancer Care.