The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Over 500 women in Pennsylvania are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Cervical cancer is survivable and preventable.
HPV vaccination for example can prevent these cancers from ever developing. In addition, routine screens for cervical cancer such as Pap tests and HPV tests ensure that cervical cancer is being detected early. Other preventative methods include following up on abnormal pap smears, practicing safer sex and quitting to smoke.
While National Cervical Cancer Coalition chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in their communities. NCCC and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) also offer a range of resources to educate the public and healthcare providers about cervical health. Here is a toolkit to spread awareness this month.
Cervical screenings are available to Pennsylvania women unable to afford them through the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. PA Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
For more information regarding cervical cancer in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Cancer Statistics Dashboard.