Start Your Year by Learning More About Your Cervical Health
If you are thinking about your health as a part of your New Years’
resolutions, you may want to include your cervical health on the list.
January has been declared as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and it is
a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from
the human papillomavirus or HPV, which can develop into cervical cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly
12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year while over 4,000
eventually die from cervical cancer. What’s unfortunate is that
cervical cancer is highly preventable and treatable, especially with the
continued advancement of screening tools and vaccination. Without the
right publicity, however, all these technologies go to waste. That is
why this month is about encouraging women to get screened for cervical
cancer and receive the HPV vaccine if they are eligible.
What You Can Do to Help Promote Awareness
There are several ways that you can do to spread the word among women in
your community. But first, make sure that you take care of your cervical
health as well by getting screened and vaccinated if you are eligible.
Some of your local health centers who are participating in the cervical
cancer awareness movement are offering free screenings and affordable
vaccinations. If you can’t find a health center, however, your health
insurance should be able to cover your screening with no additional cost to you.
Here are some other things that you can do:
Encourage your family and friends to get screened and vaccinated- Let the women in your family or circle of friends know the importance
of getting regular screening for cervical cancer and how the vaccination
can help protect them. Tell them your experience about getting screened
yourself to encourage them to get one themselves.
Promote on social media and your community- The CDC provides several comprehensive articles that you can share online.
If you know someone from your local media, you can also ask them to publish
these articles on your local newsletters, websites, and others.
Join a fundraiser or organize your own- Some of your local organizations may hold fun runs and other events to
help raise awareness on cervical health that you and your family can partake.
If not, you may organize one yourself and donate the proceeds to the advancement
of cervical cancer research.
This January, let us protect ourselves from cervical cancer and commit
to joining efforts to promote awareness not just this month but until
cervical cancer has stopped becoming a threat to us women.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.