HPV (human papilloma virus) is the number 1 cause of cervical cancer worldwide. But it needn’t be with the new HPV vaccine available that reduces the risk by up to 95%.
HPV can cause early, pre-cancerous, changes in the cervix that may be undetectable on normal PAP smear. And with most women only doing PAP smears once every 3 years, that leaves a long time for something to happen.
But the HPV vaccine will help to reduce the chance of cervical cancer developing by stopping the virus infecting you in the first place. 3 doses are taken over 6 months to give full protection.
It is important to note that the vaccine will not affect any virus already in place but if that virus is cleared by your own body then the vaccine will protect you from being infected again.