Sponsored by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting a woman's reproductive organs. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. With early detection, especially Pap smears, most cases of cervical cancer can be prevented or cured.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition is encouraging women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21 and to get the HPV vaccine before age 27. Parents can ensure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Men under the age of 22 can also get the HPV vaccine.
For more information about Cervical Health Awareness Month, please visit www.ncc-online.org.