January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and Rural Health, Inc. wants you to know that there is a lot you can do to prevent Cervical cancer.
Each year, more than 11,000 women in the USA get cervical cancer.
HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV do not know they are infected.
The good news in preventing Cervical Cancer:
The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
Women should start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21.
Parents should make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12.
Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.
You and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy. For more information, contact your Rural Health, Inc. office.