Key Messages for Providers

  • Screening for cervical cancer is recommended, unlike for other gynecologic cancers.
  • Cervical cancer can be prevented by HPV vaccination and treatment of precancerous lesions detected by screening.
  • Most women don’t need to be screened every year. Screening too frequently leads to diagnoses of lesions that often regress without treatment, causing unnecessary anxiety, stigmatization, and the costs and complications associated with unneeded procedures.
  • Refer patients diagnosed with cervical cancer to a gynecologic oncologist.
Page last reviewed: January 28, 2019