January is Cervical Cancer Screening and Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to promoting awareness of any and all issues relating to cervical cancer, HPV disease, and the importance of early detection. Even with early detection, however, without the proper treatment, this disease can take the lives of our loved ones. So this month, Medical Scrubs Mall urges you to go out and get tested, as well as get vaccinated (if you are between the ages of 9-26 you are eligible for the HPV vaccination). We have also decided to give you some more facts about cervical cancer, so that you will see the importance of what this month is all about.
- About 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and over 4,000 die from the disease – in the US alone.
- Four out of five women do not receive a regular pap test, which is one way to detect cervical cancer early on.
- Women in developing countries account for about 85% of the annual cases of cervical cancer, as well as the yearly deaths from it.
- Strong risk factors for this disease include (but are not limited to): infection with HPV, unprotected sexual behaviors, tobacco use, and women whose mothers were given the drug Diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy to prevent miscarriage.
- Women who smoke are about twice as likely to get cervical cancer as non-smokers.
- The two tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or at least detect it early on are the Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV test.
- In the US, cervical cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer-related death in women in their 20’s and 30’s.
- Cervical cancer is most treatable in its early stages, but there are rarely any signs or symptoms at this point in time.
- Current treatment options can include surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy), radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
- Both men and women can be diagnosed with this disease, so always practice safe sex.
In order to learn more about Cervical Cancer, or to donate to the cause, please visit http://www.nccc-online.org/.