Cervical Cancer affects over 11,000 women annually but is largely avoidable with early detection and prevention. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and it is a good time for us to focus on making you aware of your cervical health.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. A significant cause of this cancer is a virus called HPV, which is usually passed from person to person during sexual contact. Often, women with early cervical cancer don’t have symptoms, so getting regular check-ups is essential.

Prevention and Early Detection

The best way to fight cervical cancer is to prevent it from happening or to find it early. This is why regular check-ups with Pap and/or HPV tests are so important. These tests can see changes in the cervix before cancer develops. They can also find cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

Another way to help prevent cervical cancer is the HPV vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for both girls and boys at a young age and can protect against the types of HPV that often cause cervical cancer.

The Gardasil HPV vaccine is indicated for women up to 45 years old.

Myths vs. Facts

  • Myth: “Only women who have family members with cancer can get cervical cancer.”
    • Fact: HPV causes most cervical cancers, and anyone sexually active can get HPV.
  • Myth: “If you have the HPV vaccine, you don’t need any more tests.”
    • Fact: Even with the vaccine, regular screenings are essential for all women.

How to Support Cervical Health Month

Here’s how you can help during Cervical Health Awareness Month:

  • Learn and tell others about cervical health.
  • Remind your friends and family to have regular check-ups and get vaccinated.
  • Share information and stories about cervical health on social media.
  • Join or organize events in your community about women’s health.

Protect Cervical Health

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a great time to learn more and take action for better health. By staying informed and taking care of ourselves, we can help in the fight against cervical cancer. For more info, check out the CDC’s website about cervical cancer. Let’s work together for a healthier future for all women.

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