January is Cervical Health Awareness Month - Be Your Own Best Advocate

January 2, 2016 by Molly Huff

With January being Cervical Health Awareness Month, Affinity Health wants you to be proactive and start 2016 by putting your health first.  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.  Call Affinity Physicians for Women today to set up an appointment with Dr. Shannon Price, OB/BYN for your screening and/or to set up your HPV vaccine.

About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
  • 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.

How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
  • Let women know that the health care reform law covers 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. 

 

Source: The National Cervical Cancer Coalition