January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over the age of 30. According to the CDC each year approximately 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.
Here are just a few ideas: