January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – Prevention is possible!
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is an annual observance held throughout the month of January. It is intended to raise awareness of cervical cancer and to educate about its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and cure. In 2014, more than 12,500 people were diagnosed with cervical cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017). January is also an opportunity to support those affected by cervical cancer.
As a woman, getting regular screenings starting at age 21 is key to prevention. If you have a family history of cancer or other risk factors, talk with your doctor about how often to get screened. Free screenings are available. Call Wyoming Cancer Resource Services at (800)264-1296 for more information.
Every year men and women get HPV-related cancers that could have been prevented by a vaccine! Getting your child vaccinated, can protect them from common HPV related cancers. The vaccine is most effective for children ages 11-12. Talk to your doctor about the HPV vaccine. Be confident in your choice to vaccinate your child. Talk to your friends, your family, and your community about how to protect your children from cancer with the HPV vaccine.
Preventing cervical cancer is possible.
Check out this video from the National Cancer Institute to learn about key topics and trends in cervical cancer statistics http://bit.ly/2hh6b1K.
Wyoming Cancer Resource Services is funded by the Wyoming Department of Health, Wyoming Cancer Program.
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