The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, HTN Magazine will highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. The HTN Magazine will provide resources and create awareness of events related to cervical cancer. Each year, approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States. Yet cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers today.
“It is important to have a doctor who intimately knows a woman’s body.” says Dr. Fern TaiSenChoy-Bent, a gynecologist in Margate, Fl. Dr Bent operates an all-female medical clinic and believes patient communication and education is essential for cancer prevention and treatment.
“Cervical cancer is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the tissues of the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (where a baby grows). Cervical cancer is caused by several types of a virus called human papillomavirus (pap-uh-LOH-muh-veye-ruhss), or HPV. HPV is very common. It spreads through sexual contact.
Women should have their first Pap test at age 21. After your first Pap test, you should have a Pap test every two to three years depending on your age and other factors. Ask your doctor about how often you need a Pap test. Women who have had the HPV vaccine still need to have Pap tests.
The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program provides free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screening to women who don’t have health insurance. To learn more about this program, please contact the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).”
Videos from National Cervical Cancer collation…
Touching stories from cervical cancer survivors and their families –
Cervical cancer is caused by several types of a virus called human papillomavirus. HPV is more common than you think. Watch this video on what every woman should know about HPV
Latinas have the highest rates of cervical cancer of all groups of women in the US. Latinas also are more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Hispanic whites. Lack of screening is an important factor behind this disparity. In fact, 6 in 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years. Learn more on how to prevent and treat HPV – Watch this video (in Spanish) about what you need to know about HPV!
Incidence source: Combined data from the National Program of Cancer Registries as submitted to CDC and from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program as submitted to the National Cancer Institute in November 2014.
*Rates are per 100,000 and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population (19 age groups – Census P25-1130). Incidence rates are for state registries that meet USCS publication criteria for all years, 1999–2012. Incidence rates cover about 92% of the U.S. population.
†Hispanic origin is not mutually exclusive from race categories (white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native).