Cervical Health Awareness Month: Priority Health on What All Women Need to Know
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.
According to the Center for Disease Control, cervical cancer is the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It is also highly curable when found and treated early.
Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30. On average, 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer every year, according to the CDC.
There are two tests that can either help prevent cervical cancer or find it early: depending on your age, your doctor may recommend you have a Pap test, or an HPV test, or both tests together.
The Pap test is recommended for all women between the ages of 21 and 29 years old. The HPC vaccine is recommended for preteens (both boys and girls) aged 11-12, but can be given as early as age 9 until age 26.
Priority Health offers no-cost preventive care including HPV vaccinations for both men and women, as well as regular screenings.
An expert from Priority Health joined ‘the four’ LIVE to discuss what women need to know. Watch their conversation above.
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