Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe
4 minute read
29 Mar 2021
1:45 pm

A pap smear can detect cervical cancer and save your life

Dr Dulcy Rakumakoe

Most adults have been infected with HPV at some time in their lives.

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The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. Cervical cancer can often be successfully treated if found early through a pap smear test. Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma virus (HPV). You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. Most adults have been infected with HPV at some time. An infection may go away on its own. But sometimes it can cause genital warts or cervical cancer. That’s why it’s important to have regular...