why is it important to get tested?
Each year, in France, 3,000 cancers of the cervix are diagnosed and cause the death of more than 1,100 women.
But each year, in France, cervical cancer screening among women between 25 and 65 years old* can detect 200,000 abnormal tests, including precancerous lesions that can be treated before they turn into cancer. . And it is considered that 90% of cancers of the cervix could be avoided thanks to screening.
“Cervical cancer screening: why, for whom, when, how?”
Why is it important to get tested? Thanks to the screening test, we can identify lesions caused by a very common virus called papillomavirus (or HPV) and treat them before they turn into cancer. And if ever a cancer is discovered, it will be treated early, with less heavy care. Screening: for whom? For all women from 25 years old and up to 65 years old. Even after the menopause, and even if we no longer have sexual intercourse.
How is the screening test carried out? The exam only takes a few minutes. It can be unpleasant but is not painful. This examination collects cells from the cervix. The sample is then sent for analysis. Thanks to this test, cervical cancer can be prevented in 9 out of 10 cases.