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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 06/02/2006
  • Reviewed: 09/01/2006

Slide 10


Pap Test Still Necessary

After the vaccination, a woman must still get routine Pap tests or another approved cervical cancer screening test. Although the anti-HPV vaccine prevents infection by the dominant HPV types, which are responsible for 70 percent of the cervical cancer cases, it does not prevent infection by most of the other types that can also cause cervical cancer. A Pap test can detect abnormal cervical growth regardless of what HPV type caused it to develop.

Pap Test Still Necessary