PUBLISHED: 4:50 PM on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Preventing cervical cancer
Getting regular pap smears to detect pre-cancerous conditions and HPV is recommended by The Institute of Human Virology for prevention of cervical cancer.

A woman should ask her doctor or nurse if a pap was performed, know when her last pap smear was done and when her next pap smear is due.

To reduce the chances of cervical cancer, girls younger than 18 years of age should avoid sexual activity or always use condoms.

If a woman sees warts on her partner's genitals, she should avoid intercourse.

To further reduce the risk of cervical cancer, women should limit the number of sexual partners, avoid sexually promiscuous partners, and discontinue any tobacco use.