January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted on January 5, 2015 13:00 pm CST

Did you know that most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by something as simple as a routine Pap test and follow-up care? Regular cervical health screenings can detect changed cervical cells early, often before the cells become malignant. HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease and is also a major cause of cervical cancer. If women would become educated about HPV and cervical health, the number of women effected by cervical cancer could drastically be reduced. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Most people who have HPV aren't even aware that they have it. So what can you do to help? Spread the word about HPV and cervical health. Encourage family and friends (especially pre-teens and young adults) to get the HPV vaccine which will help prevent HPV. If you are female, schedule an annual Pap test and cervical screening with your gynecologist or primary care physician. For more information about HPV and cervical health, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition at www.nccc-online.org.

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