January is cervical cancer awareness month. With our new year resolutions to be healthy it is also important to go to our routine doctor visits. For women this includes an annual gynecological visit in which a breast exam and pelvic/pap exam is included.
Fortunately the pap test has decreased the number of women getting cervical cancer. By screening women and finding abnormal cells early we are able to decrease cervical cancer rates. Many time the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is common cause of cervical cancer. Take a listen to the cervical cancer PSA for more a brief explanation.
Unfortunately women still get cervical cancer and they may even get it at a younger age than other cancers. Research has found that HPV can be prevented by getting an HPV vaccination. The recommended age is age 11 for both girls and boys. (Note: HPV has been linked to other cancers such as oral and anal cancers.) Take a listen of one mother’s take on the HPV vaccine after her experience with cervical cancer.
Do you need help getting your annual exams because you do not health insurance? Did you know that you can get assistance with breast and cervical screening?
For Atlantic County, NJ call 609-653-3484
For Cape May County, NJ call 609-465-1047
For other NJ counties call 1-800-328-3838
For other locations in the U.S. check out the following website for more information: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.