Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cervical cancer. When exposed to HPV, the body's immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small percentage of people, however, the virus survives for years, contributing to the process that causes some cervical cells to become cancer cells. Risk of developing cervical cancer can be reduced by having screening tests and receiving a vaccine that protects against HPV infection.
This performance measure shows the number of cervical cancer tests that were administered within the health district.
Utah Department of Health, Logan Regional Hospital, Cache Valley Hospital, Bear River Valley Hospital, Brigham Hospital, Midtown Clinic, Weight Watchers.
Encourage the public to receive recommended cancer screenings by providing education using evidence-based communication methods. Decrease structural and fnancial barriers to cancer screenings.