Cervical cancer is a preventable disease that claims the lives of thousands of American women each year.  A Pap test is essential for all women in order to detect the disease early enough for effective treatment.  The single known cause of cervical cancer is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact.

Source: Mississippi State Department of Health https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/41,0,103,558.html