January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
Nearly 13,000 women will be newly diagnosed with Cervical Cancer this year and more than 4,000 will die from the disease. Pace Community Action Agency’s Health Connection program encourages women to take charge of their health in 2017 by getting a Pap test as part of their preventive health screenings. A Pap test detects irregularities that can lead to cervical cancer. Prevention is Our Intention!
Cervical cancer is most often caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted infection. According to the CDC, approximately 79 million persons are currently infected with HPV, and 14 million persons are newly infected each year in the United States.
“No woman should ever die of cervical cancer. The majority of all cervical cancers can be prevented with the HPV vaccine, and it is highly treatable when detected early by a Pap test,” stated Angie Graber, Pace’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends women begin Pap testing at the age of 21 with follow up every 3 years for a normal Pap result. The HPV vaccine is recommended at the age of 11 or 12 for both boys and girls by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The HPV vaccine works best if given before a person becomes sexually active and can be given between the age of 9 through 26 for certain individuals.
Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. encourages cervical health awareness through prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. Call Health Connection at (812) 882-6069, (812) 254-6936, or (812) 234-0707 to schedule a Pap test or for more information.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
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