Cervical Health Awareness

The American Sexual Health Association and National Cervical Cancer Coalition stated that each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. Cervical cancer is preventable.

Regular screening with Pap tests can detect cell changes before cancer develops. If you are age 30 or over, your healthcare provider may recommend you have an HPV test along with your Pap.

Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV. A vaccine is available that provides protection against HPV and can help prevent cervical cancer. Women who receive the HPV vaccine must remember they should continue having regular Pap tests.

During January, the American Sexual Health Association is offering a free download of the fact sheet Ten Things to Know About HPV. Click here to get yours.

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