JANUARY HEALTH AWARENESS
This month, our Public Policy Advocates bring to our attention to Cervical Cancer Prevention
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.
Each year, more than 13,200 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer (cancer that has spread from the surface of the cervix to tissue deeper in the cervix or to other body parts) and more than 4,200 die from the disease. Learn more about risk factors, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment, learn more about the link between the HPV virus and cervical cancer, and visit our blog to read stories from cervical cancer survivors.
Did you know…
- Worldwide annually 528,000 women will be diagnosed and 266,000 of them will die
- HPV causes cervical cancer
- Any kind of sexual contact may transfer HPV
- 80% of sexually active men and women will get HPV
- The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11-26
- All sexually active women should begin cervical cancer screenings starting at age 21
Knowledge is Power