If you are one of the millions of people who resolved to get healthier this year, but didn’t have any specific thoughts on how to do that – we have an idea for you. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and a simple screening for you, or a loved one, could be a lifesaver.
No woman should die of cervical cancer. The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 21.
Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated.
There are two screening tests that are generally used to prevent cervical cancer or find it early.
According to a cervical cancer story in the New York Daily News, “Most cervical cancers are associated with exposure to HPV, the human papillomavirus….it usually takes about 15 to 20 years between HPV exposure and developing cancer.”
To stress the importance of screenings, Forbes Magazine recently featured a story that shows Disney princesses visiting their gynecologists to raise awareness about cervical cancer. Below is an example as Tiana, from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, gets an HPV shot.
The Arizona Department of Health Services offers a breast and cervical cancer treatment program that helps pay for screenings for women who are uninsured or underserved. You can get more information by clicking on the link above.
Although the cervical cancer death rate has dropped more than 50 percent over the past 30 years, the American Cancer Society says roughly 12,900 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer this year and more than 4,000 will die.
Let us know how you think we can continue to spread the word about the importance of cervical cancer and other screenings throughout Arizona. If we all do our part, we truly can one day reach our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!