January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. But cervical cancer is also a highly preventable and treatable cancer, thanks to improved screening and vaccination.
January was named as Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine if they’re eligible.
Today, detection tools and inoculations make cervical cancer a condition that is relatively easy to prevent and treat. In women who are not vaccinated and not screened regularly, either due to a lack of information or inadequate health care, cervical cancer can still be a serious, even fatal, illness.
Good news: you can talk to your provider about the right test at the right time and discuss vaccination options. We can help too!
Gallatin City County Health Department can provide free screening services to women who meet the eligibility standards. For more information, visit: http://healthygallatin.org/diseases-conditions/cancer-screening/.
Gallatin City-County Health Department can also vaccinate adolescents and young adults against HPV. The combination of routine screening and HPV vaccination is the best preventative method for cervical cancer. For more information on Healthy Gallatin immunizations, visit: http://healthygallatin.org/immunizations/ or call 406-582-3100 for immunizations clinic times or to make an appointment.
Did you know?
- More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year.
- Up to 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination.
- In 2012, 8 million US women ages 21 to 65 reported they had not been screened for cervical cancer in the last 5 years.
- Although it is one of the most preventable cancers, more than 12,000 women still get cervical cancer every year.
What can you do?
If you are a woman age 21 to 65, you should get a Pap test every three years. Women age 30-65 can be screened with a combination of a Pap test and HPV test every 5 years.
Additionally, there are several factors that could increase your risk of getting cervical cancer:
- Exposure to HPV is one of the most important risk factors. Certain strains of HPV are known to cause cervical cancer.
- Those who smoke or use tobacco are twice as likely to develop cervical cancer.
- Women with immediate family members who have or had cervical cancer are at a higher risk.
- Diets low in fruits and vegetables can put a woman at an increased risk for cervical cancer.
Contact the Gallatin City County Health Department for free screening services for women who meet the eligibility standards. For more information, visit: http://healthygallatin.org/diseases-conditions/cancer-screening/.