4 posts tagged “Cervical Health Awareness Month”

Early – regularly – recommended: all for Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted January 22nd, 2014 by

If you follow our blog, you’ve probably noticed that we post a bunch about awareness months, weeks and days. It’s part of our mission to bring a bit more attention to what’s going on out there and how you can get involved. This will be our first awareness post for 2014, and it’s for National Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the world. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), more than 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 will die from complications.1 But there is a silver lining – it’s one of the most preventable types of cancer, especially if signs or symptoms are caught early on.

In fact, the cases of and deaths from cervical cancer have recently decreased significantly because of regular pap smears and health checks. From 2000 to 2009, the instance and mortality rate of cervical cancer in women decreased by 2 percent every year.2

If you’re a woman between the ages of 20 and 70, the NCCC recommends getting screened regularly and taking a human papillomavirus (HPV) test if your doctor suggests it. HPV is a group of viruses that has been linked with cervical cancer, and you can find out more information on high-risk strains at the National Cancer Institute.

January is coming to a close, so what can you still do to help raise awareness for cervical health before the month ends? Sharing the NCCC’s press release on cancer an HPV is a great way to start, and you can also check out their special posters and public service announcement. Don’t forget to use the #CervicalHealthMonth on social media, too.

If you’ve been diagnosed or know someone that has, visit PatientsLikeMe to find and connect with other women who are living with cervical cancer. We’re all in this together – through sharing our experiences, let’s raise awareness for cervical cancer and do everything possible to prevent and learn more about this common condition.

1 http://www.nccc-online.org/index.php/january

2 http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/statistics/trends.htm

Women: Protect Yourself Against Cervical Cancer

Posted January 17th, 2012 by

Each year in the US approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 lives are lost as a result. What makes this such a tragic statistic is the fact that cervical cancer can be prevented through vaccines and regular screenings in almost every case.  That’s the all-important message to spread during Cervical Health Awareness Month, which takes place every January.

Attention Ladies!  January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

How does a vaccine help prevent cervical cancer?  By blocking the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common infection that almost everyone who is sexually active will have at some point.  We now know that cervical cancer is caused by specific strains of HPV, and as a result, researchers have determined that you can help prevent this life-threatening form of cancer by working to prevent the preceding infection.

The three-part HPV vaccine (marketed under the brand names Cervarix and Gardisil) is available for women age 26 and younger.  If you’re within the eligible range and interested in learning more, talk to your doctor about the costs, details and scheduling of this vaccination, which takes place over the course of six months and is now covered by a majority of insurers.  What if you’re older than 26? You can stay vigilant by getting regular Pap exams (recommended from age 21 and up) and taking an HPV test when recommended. That way, you can catch any infections or signs of cancer early, and get treated promptly.

Beyond raising awareness about prevention, there’s also the importance of information and support for those affected.  Have you tested positive for HPV or been diagnosed with cervical cancer?  Connect with others like you – including our 48 members with HPV and 44 members with cervical cancer – at PatientsLikeMe today.