Having a single partner, or not having sexual encounters for a long time, saves me from the hassle of a Pap test
Any woman with a cervix that has ever had any sexual activity no matter how many times, is at the risk of cervical cancer. Even if you had sex a long time ago, the virus can still stay in the system so you should continue taking a PAP tests, which is repeated every 3 years.
Only older women suffer from cervical cancer
Cervical cancer doesn’t discriminate by age. Women of all ages who have had sex are at risk of developing the disease.
Smoking and other factors increase the risk of cervical cancer
Women who smoke are about twice as likely as non-smokers to get cervical cancer. Smoking weakens your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight HPV infections on its own.
HPV infection clears up on its own
Most people clear the HPV infection without ever knowing they were exposed. However, in some people, the infection persists and can lead to serious health problems, such as genital warts and several types of cancer, including cervical cancer.
It is not possible to prevent cervical cancer
Cervical cancer is among the most preventable cancers. A simple pap smear test can help determine any kind of changes in the cells of the cervix and when any such change is detected, it is possible to start treatment early and prevent cancer from developing.