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Posted on: January 2, 2019

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Cervical Health Awareness Month. 

What Is Cervical Cancer? 

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix -- the lower part of the uterus (womb). The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina. (American Cancer Society)

Most cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that is passed from person to person during sex. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer; a Pap test and an HPV test. Here’s what you need to know:

Key Facts

  • The most important way to help prevent cervical cancer is to get screening tests regularly starting at age 21.
  • Most women don’t need a Pap test every year! If your test results are normal, you may be able to wait 3 years.
  • HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. Get kids vaccinated against HPV at age 11-12 to help prevent cervical cancer.
  • Early cervical cancer may not cause symptoms. Advanced cervical cancer may cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge.
  • If your test results are not normal, talk to your health care provider. Cervical cancer is highly curable when found and treated early.

Prevention Tips

  • The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get screened regularly.
  • If you’re 26 years old or younger, get the HPV vaccine.
  • Use condoms during sex.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Don’t smoke.

Call 303-363-3018 to schedule an appointment for a Pap test, sexually transmitted infection testing, and/or birth control at any of our clinic locations. Prevention and early detection are key!

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