My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention

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January 12, 2022

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Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention

Did you know that human papillomavirus (HPV) is the major risk factor for cervical cancer? HPV spreads through sexual contact. Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first, but later symptoms can include pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding. It usually takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. Abnormal cells can be found by doing a Pap test to examine cells from the cervix. You may also have an HPV test. If your results are abnormal, you may need a biopsy or other tests. By getting regular screenings, you can find and treat any problems before they turn into cancer. Get the facts on screening and preventative measures you can take to reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

 

Strabismus

There are six different muscles surrounding each eye that work "as a team" to allow both eyes to focus on the same object. In someone with strabismus, these muscles don't work together. This causes one eye to look at one object, while the other eye turns in a different direction and looks at another object. In most children with strabismus, the cause is unknown. In more than one half of these cases, the problem is present at or shortly after birth. Adults can develop strabismus due to disease or injury. Learn more about how strabismus is diagnosed and treated.

 

How Much Calcium Should You Get Each Day?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, giving them structure and hardness. Your body needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between your brain and every part of your body. Calcium also helps blood vessels move blood throughout your body and helps release hormones that affect many functions in your body. The amount of calcium you need depends on your age and sex. Find out how much calcium you need each day.

 

Baked Tofu

This recipe offers two delicious ways to enjoy baked tofu.