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Cervical Cancer Awareness

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Cervical Cancer Awareness

January is Cervical Health Month. The good news is that, according to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer can be prevented in many instances. Indeed, screenings such as the PAP test (also known as Pap smear) and the human papillomavirus (HPV) test can find pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. If pre-cancer is detected, treatment can be started to prevent it from turning into cancer.

There is a vaccine to prevent HPV infections, which are a risk factor for cervical cancer. There is more information on the HPV vaccine at the following link:

 A few important points to remember:

  • Cervical cancer has a usual early onset, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends screening as early as age 21.
    Most of our patients are between the ages of 18 and 40; this is a relevant health issue for them to be proactive about.
  • Even though the prevalence for this cancer is in decline, there are still 13,000 new cervical cancer diagnosis made each year.
  • Cervical cancer is highly associated with HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Even though this silent and deadly virus is most often associated with cervical cancer in women, HPV is known to affect men as well.
  • A comprehensive prevention strategy is necessary to better thwart cervical cancer. This strategy includes HPV vaccination and secondary measures to detect early pre-cancerous cells through PAP smears and regular medical follow-up appointments.
  • Like any cancer, cervical cancer carries significant emotional and social effects and usually include dealing with very difficult emotions, such as sadness, anxiety, anger that can lead to a severe clinical depression. Access to counseling and emotional support is key to successfully managing mental health as well as cancer care.

 Early detection is key

All women between the ages of 21 and 65 years old should get screened for cervical cancer. Please speak with your medical provider about which screening is best for you…and, as always, take care of your whole health!

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Phoenix, AZ 85017
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Glendale, AZ 85302
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Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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