rates have decreased since the introduction of the pap smear
, a screening test to check women for cervical cancer. There were still an estimated 4,210 deaths from cervical cancer in the US in 2010.
Most cervical cancers and pre-cancers are caused by HPV which is the most common std
. HPV vaccine
may help prevent infection and cervical cancers.
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student