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Perceba qual o papel do rastreio do cancro do colo do útero.

Todas as mulheres a partir de uma certa idade, mesmo que em relacionamentos monogâmicos ou com o mesmo parceiro de longa data, precisam de realizar o rastreio com teste de HPV.

Um resultado positivo neste teste não significa necessariamente que algum membro do casal tenha tido relações extraconjugais. O vírus pode permanecer inativo por mais de 10 anos antes da infeção ser detetada.

Adicionalmente, um resultado positivo no rastreio com teste de HPV não significa necessariamente um diagnóstico de cancro do colo do útero, apenas indica que existe um maior risco de tal acontecer.



Over 80% of sexually active adults will get HPV at some point in their lives1
90% of HPV infections are cleared within 2 years2
Around the world, cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women3
70% of cervical cancers are caused by the two highest risk types, HPV 16 & HPV 184

HPV: A Link to Cervical Cancer

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection, and most women will not know that they or their partners have it. HPV is most often spread through sexual intercourse. It can also be transmitted via non penetrative sexual activity.5

HPV is a small, double-stranded DNA virus that affects epithelial cells such as skin and mucous membranes. There are more than 150 HPV genotypes, about 30 of which are sexually transmitted. Most HPV strains are harmless; however, a handful of high-risk types cause infections that can develop into cervical cancer.

There are 14 high-risk HPV types that are detected in over 99% of cervical cancers.2,3 Two HPV types, HPV 16 and HPV 18, are associated with 70% of all cervical cancers.3 HPV 16 causes approximately 55% to 60% of cervical cancer cases, and HPV 18 accounts for 10% to 15%.2 Globally, genotypes HPV 16 and HPV 18 are more oncogenic and likely to progress to high grade cervical disease than all other high-risk HPV genotypes combined.6

What should I know about cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. Cervical cancer occurs when the cells of the cervix grow abnormally and invade other tissues and organs of the body.5 Persistent infection of certain high-risk types of HPV are known to be the primary cause of cervical cancer. When HPV infection persists, normal cells change into abnormal cells–it could take as many as 10-15 years for these cells to become cancerous, although in some women this change may happen faster.

As with all cancers, an early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and cure. Treating precancerous changes that affect only the surface of a small part of the cervix has a higher chance of being successful than treating invasive cancer that affects a large portion of the cervix or has spread to other tissues in the body.

When it comes to understanding your risk for cervical cancer, routine cervical cancer screening is one of the most important steps you can take. So, it’s important to go to your regular checkups, even when you are feeling healthy, and talk to your healthcare provider about your screening and test options. Learn more about your HPV and cervical cancer screening options.  

Cervical Cancer Screening

  • When should I be screened for cervical cancer?

  • Could I get an HPV test as part of my exam?

  • If have been vaccinated for HPV, do I still need cervical cancer screening?

  • How often do you recommend I get an HPV test?

  • I want an HPV test that detects HPV 16 and 18, how do I get it?

  • If my results are positive, what is the next step?

  • Are there any brochures, websites or other materials that I can use to learn more about cervical cancer prevention?

General Health

  • Do I need any important shots?

  • How can I protect myself from HIV and other STDs?

  • Where can I get mental health help?

  • How can I get more physical activity?

  • What form of birth control is right for me?

  • How can I incorporate more healthy eating habits into my diet?

  • Given my family history, am I at a higher risk for certain diseases or illnesses?


O que todas as mulheres precisam de saber.

Conheça todas as suas opções e aprenda a interpretar os resultados dos testes de rastreio.

1 Chesson HW, et al. The estimated lifetime probability of acquiring human papillomavirus in the United States. Sex Transm Dis. 2014;41(11):660-4.

2,90%25%20clear%20within%202%20years (accessed 17July 2020)

3 Human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer 24 January 2019. (accessed 17July 2020)

4 Hariri S, Unger ER, Sternberg M, et al. Prevalence of genital human papillomavirus among females in the United States, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003–2006. J Infect Dis. 2011; 204(4):566-73. Available at: (accessed 19May 2020)

5 WebMD. (2019). Cervical cancer. Retrieved from (accessed April 2020).