How do I know if I am at high risk for cervical cancer?
All women should follow the screening guidelines for cervical cancer and talk to their doctor about when they should have screening tests.
Some women have a higher than average risk of developing cervical cancer. You may be at higher risk if you have:
- a weakened immune system
- been exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth
- constant infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV)
- genital warts that are long-standing or difficult to treat
- cancers related to HPV such as cancer of the anus or vulva
Talk to your doctor about your risk. If you are at higher than average risk, you may need a personal plan for testing. This may include:
- having Pap tests more often
- HPV test
Find out more about risk factors for cervical cancer.