Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, and HPV Vaccine

UPMC CancerCenter is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of women afflicted with cancer, specifically breast cancer and gynecologic cancer. UPMC is recognized as a leading health system for cancer care in the United States.

Breast Cancer

About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.

Breast Cancer Screening

Screening is one of the most important things that you can do to find cancer early.
There are several different screenings that can be performed to check for breast cancer:

Screening Recommendations

Learn what UPMC recommends for women without symptoms or a family history of breast cancer.

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Breast Self Awareness

Equip yourself and share with your loved ones tools you can use to be proactive about your breast health.

View Breast Self Awareness Information

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early — the Pap test and the HPV test. Both are simple, relatively quick procedures. And both can drastically lower a woman's risk for getting cervical cancer.

Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a common, sexually transmitted infection. That's why it's so important to get tested. Women 26 years of age and under should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated against HPV.

HPV Vaccine

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women. You cannot see HPV. Most people who become infected with HPV do not know they have it. The HPV vaccine is for girls and women ages 9 through 26.

Who should get screened?

  • Women age 21 to 65 should get a Pap test every three years.
  • Women age 30 to 65 who want to lengthen the time between screenings can also get a combination screening (Pap test and HPV test) every five years.

You should not receive the HPV vaccine if you:

  • Are allergic to any if the ingredients in the vaccine
  • Have an allergic reaction after getting a dose of the vaccine
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