In women’s health, cervical health, specifically cervical cancer, is an important topic in women’s healthcare. There are many ways as to how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.
HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and causes most cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected and each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
What can I do to combat HPV and Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer screenings, via an annual pap smear, can help detect abnormal cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.
January is cervical cancer awareness month. Help us spread the word about this screenable and treatable women’s health topic. And talk to your doctor if you have concerns about HPV or Cervical Cancer.