As we come up for air from the holidays and look our resolutions square in the face, it’s important to remember that January is also Cervical Health Awareness Month. While not as recognized as other cancer awareness months (like Breast Cancer and Movember) this one should not go unnoticed.
Unlike certain cancers, cervical cancer is virtually preventable with regular checkups. Why? Cellular tissue turns gradually, so warning signs can be spotted before cells turn malignant. And because there are often no obvious symptoms for cervical cancer, routine checkups allow doctors to identify anything out of the ordinary that could be developing.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women begin cervical cancer testings at age 21. Until 29, a Pap test should be taken every 3 years. After that, women from 30-65 should be tested (with an HPV test) every 5 years. If you’re over 65 years of age (unless you’ve had signs of cancer), a cervical cancer test is recommended every 10 years. For more information visit the American Cancer Society website under “Detection and Prevention.”
It’s essential to stay educated about cervical cancer and spread the word to your loved ones. This month can easily become overshadowed by resolutions, post-holiday cleanses, and playing catchup at work. But if we let our busy lives stand in the way of these routine check-ups, we might not have that busy life as long as we would like. So in addition to making more money, having better abs, and learning to play the guitar this year - make sure to add a scheduled screening to your resolutions list.
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