All month long, we have been showing our support for Cervical Cancer Awareness.
Cervical cancer is preventable!
Almost 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
Do you know what HPV is?
HPV stands for human papillomavirus. HPV is an infection that is sexually transmitted, and it is the cause of the majority of cervical cancer cases.
According to healthfinder.gov, approximately 79 million Americans currently have HPV. What is really frightening is the fact that a huge number of these people do not know that they have HPV.
Vaccination can prevent HPV. healthfinder.gov recommends that children should be vaccinated at age 11 or 12.
Early prevention with regular screening tests (pap smears) can often prevent cervical cancer.
Remember that both boys and girls need the HPV vaccination. If you were holding off due to financial or insurance considerations, there are several programs available that will provide these critical screenings.
To find a screening provider near you, click here.
Advanced cervical cancer (metastasized) symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding, discharge, and longer lasting periods. Women may notice a heavier flow than their normal cycle, as well as bleeding after menopause.
No woman should die of cervical cancer. Schedule your wellness examination today.
Early detection and awareness can save your life.
"...A lot of people like to say 'what you don't know can't hurt you' but I like to think of it as what you don't know can kill you. Don't take the risk with your health."
- Les Brown