Cervical Health Awareness Month

by SKHC Editor on January 21, 2010

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer screening saves lives yet for assorted reasons not all women are getting a Pap test and pelvic exam.

Take a look at some facts:

11% of United States women report that they do not have their Pap test screenings.

In the United States, About 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and about 3,700 women die in the USA each year from this disease.

Women in developing countries account for about 85 percent of both the yearly cases of cervical cancer (estimated at 473,000 cases worldwide) and the yearly deaths from cervical cancer (estimated at 253,500 deaths worldwide).

In the majority of developing countries, cervical cancer remains the number-one cause of cancer-related deaths among women.

A woman who does not have her three shot prevention vaccine and her regular Pap test screen and HPV test when recommended, significantly increases her chances of developing cervical cancer.

High-Risk HPV Types are directly related to cervical cancer, yet many women are unaware of what HPV is or the relationship it has to cervical cancer.

Does your school have a Sexual Health Education program? Is cervical health, Pap tests, pelvic exams and HPV talked about or part of the curriculum?

As a parent would you feel more comfortable talking to your daughter about cervical health or would your prefer a school nurse or other appropriate teacher to educate her about the importance of cervical health?

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) was founded in 1996. This grassroots nonprofit organization is dedicated to serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV disease.

Source: nccc-online.org

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