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