January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Jan 17, 2019

Women of all ages, in all racial and ethnic groups, can be affected by cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 44.

The American Cancer Society estimates 13,170 new cases of cervical cancer in the United States in 2019. Of that amount, 4,250 women will die from cervical cancer.

The best way to prevent cervical cancer is to get screened. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a pap test every three years. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have a pap test and a HPV test every five years.

According to Mayo Clinic researchers, “Less than two-thirds of women ages 30 to 65 were up-to-date with cervical cancer screenings in 2016. The percentage is even lower for women ages 21 to 29, with just over half current on screenings.”

In the early stages of cervical cancer, it can be hard to detect. That’s why it’s important to get screened.

Family Care Network is working to keep cervical cancer cases low by keeping patients up-to-date on their yearly wellness exams and cancer screenings.

The next time your doctor talks to you about cervical cancer screening, don’t put it off! With a regular screening, cervical cancer can be found early when treatment is most effective.

For more information on the Mayo Clinic’s cervical cancer research, visit their website at:

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-researchers-find-unac....

 

For information on cervical cancer screenings, visit the CDC’s website at:

https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/basic_info/screening.htm.