In order to bring awareness to various health related topics The Health Department will provide information on monthly topics from The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. For more information on each monthly topic visit: https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/.
Cervical Health Awareness Month - January 2017
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and The Health Department wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
The good news!
•The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
•Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, The Health Department encourages:
•Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
•Parents to make sure pre-teens receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to receive the HPV vaccine if they didn’t have it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still benefit the vaccine.
Thanks to the health care reform law, 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 these small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.