Doctors know a lot about how the Pap test and HPV screenings together can protect from cervical cancer, but you should know, too. A new list on The Healthy aims to catch you up.

The American Cancer Society reports that 13,240 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018, and 4,170 women died from it. According to Dr. Kathy McLaughlin, “These numbers should be much lower because we have a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer and a screening test that can catch it before it has spread.”

The Pap test every three years or the Pap test and the HPV test together every five years can save your life. Anyone who is sexually active should be screened, and there are benefits to being tested before becoming sexually active and later in life, too.

Read more in depth about these facts and learn how regular Pap tests together with HPV screenings can keep you healthy here.