8 posts tagged “women’s health”

What do you know about cervical cancer?

Posted January 20th, 2015 by

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, but it’s not just a month to learn more about cervical cancer, it’s about learning how to prevent it. Since the 1950s, there’s been in increased effort to raise awareness for prevention screening, and from 1955 to 1992, the cervical cancer incidence and death rates declined by 60 percent.1

But there’s still work to be done, as the NIH estimates that over 12,000 women will still be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.1

Our own Priya Raja spoke about cervical cancer awareness on the blog about a year ago, and she stressed the importance of Pap smears and making them available to all women around the world. During January, the awareness focus will be on preventative screening as well as cervical cancer itself, because as Priya said, “being screened just once can reduce the likelihood of having cancer.”

You can learn more by checking out the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s infographic on cervical cancer (featured to the right). And if you’ve been recently diagnosed with either HPV or cervical cancer, reach out to others like you in the PatientsLikeMe community.

Share this post on Twitter and help spread the word for cervical health.

1 http://report.nih.gov/nihfactsheets/viewfactsheet.aspx?csid=76

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