An Oncologist has advised women between the ages of 21 and 65 years to undergo Pap test once every three years to prevent cervical cancer.
Dr Sumbo Adejumo, an Abuja based oncologist, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Abuja.
She noted that the Pap test, also known as a Pap smear test, was a diagnostic procedure used to screen cervical cancer in women.
“Cervical cancer is a progressive disease, so detecting it early with a Pap test is very important.
“The test involves collecting cells from the cervix to detect changes in the cervical cells that may suggest that cancer might develop in the future,’’ she explained.
She added that the disease is however preventable with HPV, Human papillomavirus vaccine and appropriate screening.
The oncologist noted that sticking to one sexual partner as well as quitting smoking is important to prevent the disease.
Mrs Adejumo also advised women who encounter pains during sexual intercourse and abnormal bleeding to go for screening.