JanuaryCervical Health Awareness Month
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer.
About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
- The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.
How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
- Let women know that the health care reform law covers well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
- Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Get the Word Out
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards
Take action to raise awareness about cervical health.
- Partner with other local groups, like cancer networks and community health clinics.
- Encourage healthcare providers to offer free or reduced-cost “Pap Days.”
- Start a local National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) chapter in your community.
- This January, encourage local radio stations to air public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness about cervical health.
- Recruit local bands to perform a benefit concert to raise money for cervical cancer prevention in your community.
Adapted from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC).
Contact the National Cervical Cancer Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and materials.