Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news?

  1. The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
  2. Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.

The good news is most insurance plans cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on your insurance, you can get these important services at little to no cost.

Please schedule a well-woman visit this year!

Source: https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/JanuaryToolkit.aspx