January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. At this time every year (and in the following months), we are on the mission to spread knowledge and education about this highly preventable disease. Here are some ways you can participate in cervical cancer awareness.
What Is Cervical Cancer?
Each year, experts estimate that 13,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. This cancer starts in the cervix, or the lower part of the uterus that leads to the vagina, or birth canal. Although many women are affected by cervical cancer, it is highly preventable with screenings, in the form of a pap smear and HPV vaccinations.
What Can I Do for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?
One of the biggest aspects of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is education. You can get involved in the comfort of your home by learning more about the disease. It’s important for women everywhere to know how cervical cancer starts, how to prevent it, and how to cope with a diagnosis.
Spread the word online
Once you learn some interesting information or read an informative article about cervical cancer, share it with your friends and family online. Join the conversation about this women’s cancer by using the hashtag, #CervicalHealthMonth.
Get an HPV vaccination
Take the time to care for yourself this Cervical Health Month. Get an HPV vaccination to reduce your risk of cervical cancer. This vaccination can prevent infection from that can lead to cervical cancer or genital warts. HPV vaccinations are available to patients as young as 12. The great thing about getting this vaccination early is that it allows for a stronger immune response during the preteen years.
Schedule your annual pap test
Next on your list should be a cervical cancer screening. Doctors perform these screenings in the form of a pelvic exam and pap smear to better understand your risk of cancer. Your doctor will closely examine your cervix to detect any changes that could be caused by HPV and lead to cervical cancer.
Make it a goal to keep track of your women’s health by getting these tests done every year. Also, communicate with your doctor about any changes or abnormal symptoms you notice.
Last, you can volunteer with the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The NCCC has chapters all over the nation, including a Las Vegas chapter. Get in contact with them to find out how to volunteer at their next event or to donate.
Learn More at Nevada Surgery & Cancer Care
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