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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Santoso

Facts vs. Facts Myths about Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, but there are still many misunderstandings or myths surrounding this condition. It is important to understand the difference between facts and myths about cervical cancer in order to take appropriate preventive steps.


One of the myths about cervical cancer is that only sexually active women can get this cancer. In fact, infection with the HPV virus, which is the main cause of cervical cancer, can occur in women who are not sexually active or have only one sexual partner.


Another myth is that the HPV vaccine is only effective if given before a person becomes sexually active. In fact, the HPV vaccine is still effective in preventing HPV virus infection in women who are sexually active.


Apart from that, there is a myth that states that pap smears or pap tests can cause infertility. In fact, the pap test is a safe procedure and has no risk of causing infertility.


It is important to get the right information about cervical cancer and ignore unfounded myths. With the correct understanding, women can take appropriate preventive steps, such as HPV vaccination and regular pap smears, to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.


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