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More women aware of cervical cancer

"I suggest that women talk to their physician about how often they should get the [PAP] exam," she said.

Getting regular examinations will detect abnormalities within the cervix. These examinations are costly, and some women without insurance might be unable to afford them. However, there are options for women who can't afford screening or treatment.

"Women should not let their inability to pay determine how often they are screened. There are many local programs that will help them," Stahl said.

Planned Parenthood can help women with low-income, who may not be eligible for medical coverage. The organization does not offer the vaccination, however, but has paired up with local health offices in an effort to increase awareness and treatment of HPV.

Although HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, others risks are associated with the disease, such as age, sexual behavior, HIV, diet, genetics and smoking. While cervical cancer can be deadly, the rate of death among women declines every year and the disease is curable.

"Like any cancer, it must be detected early," said Stahl.

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