Your health is a big deal. You want to be around for a long time, for yourself and for your loved ones. With that in mind, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Named by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and recognized by Congress, this awareness month is designed to raise awareness of cervical cancer and to educate people about their cervical health.
The American Cancer Society estimates that deaths related to cervical cancer have decreased by more than 50% over the past three decades. Nevertheless, it is still estimated that about 12,820 women are still diagnosed with the disease every year and that the disease is fatal for about a third of those women. Fortunately, with advances in treatment, cervical cancer does not have to be fatal. In fact, the risks can be mitigated with timely detection and treatment.
What You Can Do
Get tested. HPV and Pap testing have been proven effective in detecting cervical cancer. The initial sign of a problem is dysplasia, a slowly-developing cell abnormality that can be picked up through HPV and Pap testing. The earlier that these changes are detected, the more successful a course of treatment can be developed. Untreated, dysplasia can develop into cervical cancer.
Consider Vaccination. Cervical cancer is most common in women between the ages of twenty and fifty years old; however, because of the seriousness of the condition, the Center for Disease Control recommends that teenagers and young women get vaccinated. Further, it is becoming increasingly common for doctors to recommend that male teenagers and men also get vaccinated. While there is no disputing that the HPV vaccine is controversial amongst some parents; it is estimated that there are about 79 million people living with some form of HPV. The higher-risk forms of HPV are the ones that are linked to dysplasia and cervical cancer.
Get Involved. Again, this month is about education and awareness of cervical health. We recommend that you learn more about cervical cancer, take preventative measures for yourself, and initiate conversations with loved ones. Or, you can become involved or donate to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition or the American Cancer Society, which provide beneficial advocacy, education, and research for the purpose of saving lives.
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