January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
More than 12,000 woman in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. (2012 statistics.) Cervical cancer is highly preventable through routine screening, early detection, and vaccination for the Human papilloma virus (HPV.) HPV is a sexually transmitted virus and one of the common causes of cervical cancer.
Screening and Early Detection Saves Lives!
A Pap test can help prevent cervical cancer through early detection. Over the last 30 years, deaths related to cervical cancer have gone down by more than 50% due to improved and increased use of screening tests and vaccinations against HPV.
HPV can cause other cancers besides cancer of the cervix, including cancer of the vagina, vulva, penis and anus. It can also cause cancer in the back of the throat, including the tongue and tonsils (oropharyngeal cancer).
Ask Your Physician About Screening Guidelines and Vaccinations for HPV for girls and boys. More Information on screening guidelines can be found here.
Wishing you the best in health, Karen
Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™ Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199
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Sources and More Information:
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. American Cancer Society.
Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines. American Cancer Society.
Cervical Cancer Statistics. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control.
HPV and Men. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control.
HPV Infection Fact Sheet. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control.
HPV and Cancer. Centers for Prevention and Disease Control.
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