January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

You can prevent cervical cancer! Regular screening with Pap tests can detect cell changes before cancer develops. If you are age 30 or over, your healthcare provider may recommend that you have an HPV test along with your Pap.

Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV. A vaccine is now available that provides protection against HPV and can help prevent cervical cancer. Women who receive the HPV vaccine mustremember that they should continue having regular Pap tests. Remember to vaccinate early, get your Pap test regularly, and have an HPV test when recommended by your healthcare provider.

For more information on how to prevent cervical cancer visit www.nccc-online.org.