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National Cervical Cancer Screening Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.The good news?

  • HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

A Pap test can help detect abnormal cells ( they turn into cancer).  Most deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented if women get regular Pap tests and follow-up. 

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Originally Published on Thursday, January 2, 2014