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Posted on: January 3, 2022

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. Learn about the appropriate screening tests and the HPV vaccine to help prevent cervical cancer.

All women are at risk for cervical cancer. However, data show it occurs most often in women over the age of 30. Black and Hispanic women experience higher rates of HPV-associated cervical cancer than non-Hispanic women and women of other races and ethnicities. In 2018, there were an estimated 570,000 new cases of cervical cancer worldwide.1 The common virus human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cervical cancers.  When found early, cervical cancer is highly treatable and associated with long-term quality of life.

Prevent Cervical Cancer by getting routine cancer screenings and an HPV vaccination. Screenings help to identify precancers that may lead to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccination is safe and effective.  The CDC recommends HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12 years and for everyone through age 26, both female and male. 

Cervical cancer is highly preventable and treatable. Whether you're looking for ways to prevent cervical cancer, want to find out about screening options, were diagnosed with this cancer, or have questions about living as a survivor, information can be found here.

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