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What You and Your Health Care Provider Can Do for Cervical Cancer

Good health comes from teamwork. Your health care provider can order tests, but it's up to you to get them done. You need to schedule your test and follow your provider's advice. If you have a Pap test, your provider should let you know your results and when to get your next test.

Do your part. Talk to your health care provider:

  • If you notice changes in your menstrual cycle or periods.
  • If you have a family history of cervical cancer or other risk factors.
  • About having a Pap test if you are between 21 and 64 years old.
  • About the benefits and risks of the vaccine against HPV.

The information on this page was compiled by the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality from a variety of sources, including (but not limited to) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, American Cancer Society, and Mayo Clinic. This information summarizes core care elements appropriate to most adult women. This information should not be construed as representing standards of care nor a substitute for individualized evaluation and treatment on clinical circumstances by a qualified health care professional. Please see our disclaimer.

For more information about this complex health issue, please see the Cervical Cancer Links page for resources and information sources.

An initiative of the New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional funding provided by HealthInsight New Mexico