Cervical Cancer Awareness

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Years ago, cervical cancer was the number one cause of cancer-related death for women in the United States. Fortunately, early detection and treatment has improved dramatically over the last 40 years, reducing the mortality rate. this disorder is preventable – a Pap smear can find precancerous changes in the cervix and an HPV test can determine if you carry the virus.

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. 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).During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection.

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