January Topic: Cervical Health Awareness
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).
The good news?
- The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening 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 screenings and follow-up care.
How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?
We are taking this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.
- Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
- Let women know that most insurance plans must cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
- Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.
Click here for 10 things to know about HPV and Cervical Cancer
Click here for important highlights about cervical awareness month
Click here for important information about testing