January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Start the New Year with Cervical Cancer Awareness & Screening
Each year in the United States, an estimated 12,820 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Once known as one of the most common causes of cancer deaths, today cervical cancer has become one of the most preventable. Over the last 30 years, the rates of cervical cancer have diminished by more than 50%. The reason for this change is due to the increase in appropriate screenings and vaccination (Pap and HPV tests).
Regular screenings, along with follow-up care, can help detect abnormal cell changes early, which can be treated before it turns into cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, starting at age 21, a regular cervical cancer screening can help you prevent the disease.
Another way to help prevent cervical cancer is to vaccinate against HPV which causes most cases of cervical cancer. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, it is recommended that girls and boys, age 11 or 12, receive the HPV vaccine. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. As we enter the 2022 year, we are focused on increasing education and awareness on healthcare topics that directly affect our patients. Our healthcare professionals are here to guide you in all of your healthcare decisions.
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