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Gynecologic Cancer

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Gynecologic Cancer Prevention & Screening

LG Health/Penn Medicine is in the forefront of prevention, early detection, and treatment. If you are concerned about your risk, our Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP) offers genetic screenings for uterine and ovarian cancers, as well as for breast cancer.

Vaccinating against cervical cancer

Almost all cervical cancer is associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV)—a common sexually transmitted infection. The good news is there is a vaccine to protect against it. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends girls and women ages 9-26 get vaccinated.

Screenings for cervical cancer

Current guidelines recommend that women begin to have pelvic examinations at age 21 and continue getting exams every year throughout their lives to help detect cancer and other types of gynecologic disorders.

The Pap test is the gold standard in cervical cancer detection. Here are the latest guidelines:

  • Women age 21-65 should get a Pap smear every 3 years beginning at age 21. Women age 30 and older can consider Pap testing every 5 years if the procedure is combined with human papillomavirus (HPV) — a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical cancer.
  • Women older than 65 who have had adequate prior screening and are not otherwise at risk for cervical cancer do not need to get a Pap test.
  • Women who have had a total hysterectomy do not need to get a Pap test, unless they have other risk factors.

Free screenings through Healthy Woman

We offer the only state-funded Healthy Woman program in Lancaster County, offering free pelvic exams, Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams for low-income women. If you or someone you know is eligible, please call our Healthy Woman coordinator at 717-544-3285.

For more information

Ask your gynecologist or primary care physician for personalized screening recommendations based on your individual risk factors.To find a Lancaster General Health gynecologist or other primary care physician, call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636).

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