Cervical Health Awareness Month

No woman should die of cervical cancer, especially since we have the power to prevent most cervical cancers through human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations and HPV testing/screening. Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But during the past 30 years, the death rate has dropped by more than 50%, mostly due to increased use of the Pap test. Pap tests help clinicians discover early cases of cervical cancer. Pair that with getting the HPV vaccine and American women are safer than ever from the effects of cervical cancer.

For more information about testing for Cervical Cancer visit the American Cancer Society's resources on what you should know. 

5 Things to know about the HPV Vaccine

  • HPV vaccination is cancer prevention
  • HPV vaccination is safe
  • The HPV vaccine is for boys and girls
  • The HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12
  • The HPV vaccine is 1 of 3 vaccines all children need at this age. The others are Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV4 (meningitis) 

To learn more about the HPV Vaccine here.

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