Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

2016 starts with a chance for you to help raise awareness and build your own understanding of cervical health. As Cervical Health Awareness Month, January provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about protecting themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. Women are susceptible to this common infection that is spread through sexual activity. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which can be devastating for an individual.

According to statistics, around 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV—many who are unaware that they have the virus. Sponsored by The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, this month is a chance to help many gain more awareness about this virus and the potential for cervical cancer.

Prevention for HPV & Cervical Cancer

The good news is that cervical cancer and HPV can be prevented with some simple steps. Women and men are encouraged to get the HPV vaccination to help prevent HPV if they are or plan to be sexually active.

Cervical cancer prevention in women is also possible through regular screening tests—which are known as Pap tests—and follow-up care from a qualified doctor. During a screening, a doctor can detect abnormal or changed cells early on before they turn into harmful cancer cells. It is believed that most deaths related to cervical cancer could have been prevented if a patient would have received regular Pap tests and care.

Making a Difference This January

Unawareness surrounding the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer is one of the most serious reasons the virus continues to spread. Use this month to spread the word about preventative steps women can take to remain healthy and protected.

Some simple steps people can take to start the year:

  • Women, schedule a wellness visit today
  • Parents, talk to pre-teens about the HPV vaccine
  • Organizations, host an event to raise cervical health awareness

It is also important to note that health care reform law covers well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. For those that previously avoided these appointments due to health care costs, now is the time to go in for screening or testing. Depending on their insurance coverage, they may be able to get these health services at no cost at all.

If you would like to schedule a well-woman visit or vaccination appointment for HPV (both men and women), be sure to contact Garfield Medical Center today at (714) 774-1450.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider