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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

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In the January issue of Focused on Health:

Abnormal Pap Results: What’s Next?

Christina Froelich, age 30, is known by her friends and family as Chris. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Austin, Texas, to a large family of mostly women, Chris learned early about the importance of scheduling her annual Pap test. What she didn’t know, however, was that an abnormal Pap test result would one day lead doctors to detect cervical cancer early enough to save her life.
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Get the Facts: Cervical Cancer & HPV

Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which triggers abnormal changes in the cervix. High-risk strains of HPV, a sexually transmitted virus, are present in more than 99% of cervical cancer cases. According to the American Cancer Society, up to 80% of women who have ever had sex will be infected with HPV at some time in their lives.
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Six Things You Should Know About Your Pap Test

For many women, their annual Pap test is not something to look forward to. While the Pap test comes with little embarrassments that can make even the most composed patient blush, it also comes with the potential to make a huge difference in the lives of women everywhere. Andrea Milbourne, M.D., associate professor in M. D. Anderson’s Department of Gynecologic Oncology, explores six things women should know about this important test.
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