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Can cervical dysplasia be prevented?

Speak to your doctor about the HPV vaccine. The chances of getting cervical dysplasia are greatly reduced in girls who have the vaccine before they become sexually active. The vaccine alone will not completely eliminate your chances of getting cervical dysplasia, because it is not 100% effective and sometimes there are other causes of cervical dysplasia than the strains of HPV covered by the vaccine. It is important to continue routine screening with Pap smears even if you have had the vaccine. Limiting your number of sexual partners, practicing safe sex and quitting smoking can all reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 11 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Cervical cancer

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