Cervical Health Awareness Month

The New Year is a perfect time to get caught up on your health visits. January is cervical health awareness month, so ladies make an appointment to get your screening!

Cervical Cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women and each year about 12,000 women are diagnosed. The good thing is, it is one of the most preventable cancers. Many women who have cervical cancer most likely have HPV,  which is an infection that can arise from being sexually activity. The best way to prevent this is by getting the HPV vaccine and regular screenings. You want to detect the abnormal cells before they turn into cancer. Most of the time, HPV does not last long and the infection will resolve over time. But infections that persist for a longer amount of time have a higher risk of obtaining those abnormal cells. 

Make the effort to schedule that appointment with your doctor. This simple PAP test will be worth it in the long run and can put your mind at ease.

Source: http://www.nccc-online.org 

Katie Leonard