16 Common Cancers and How to Protect Against Them

Stay healthy by knowing the most common types of cancer and recommended screening tests (17 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on May 21, 2012 at 1:07PM

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Cervical Cancer

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Cancer that forms in the cervix, which connects the uterus and vagina, will be diagnosed in about 12,170 women this year, according to the American Cancer Society. It typically occurs in women younger than age 50, though it can occur at any age.

 

Screening: Women should begin having Pap tests at age 21, then every three years if the results are normal. By age 30, get a Pap test combined with an HPV test (HPV is a virus that is the cause of almost all cervical cancers) every five years until age 65 or the Pap test alone every three years.

 

Symptoms: Abnormal vaginal bleeding, such as bleeding after sex, after menopause, spotting between periods, heavy periods or pain during sex are the most common symptoms.

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