What every women should know! – January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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More than 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 of women will die. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide, but because it develops over time, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. Deaths from cervical cancer in the United States continue to decline by approximately 2 percent a year. This decline is primarily due to the widespread use of the Pap test to detect cervical abnormalities and allow for early treatment. Most women who have abnormal cervical cell changes that progress to cervical cancer have never had a Pap test or have not had one in the previous three to five years.

Cancer of the cervix tends to occur during midlife. Half of the women diagnosed with the disease are between 35 and 55 years of age. It rarely affects women under age 20, and approximately 20 percent of diagnoses are made in women older than 65. For this reason, it is important for women to continue cervical cancer screening until at least the age of 70. Some women need to continue screening longer, so ask your health care provider what’s best for you.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paulawalkerbaker
    Jan 27, 2015 @ 21:51:18

    my best friend died of cervical cancer at age 39. I miss her like crazy. thanks for the reminder. it’s so important to be tested!

    Reply

  2. bettylouise31
    Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:19:18

    Yes, it is important to be tested.

    Reply

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