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JanuaryCervical Health Awareness Month

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition

Cervical Health Awareness

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. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (shots) 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 most insurance plans must cover 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:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

January is #CervicalCancer Awareness Month! Spread the word and get involved: http://bit.ly/1OsOhjD

Did you know? #HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/TIwCaE

#HPV affects men, too. Find out how you can protect yourself and your partner: http://1.usa.gov/Y1tCN

Both boys and girls need the #HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. Ask your child’s doctor about it at your next visit! http://1.usa.gov/1Mldqvi

Find out what to expect during a pelvic exam: http://mayocl.in/S333my

Help prevent #cervicalcancer by getting regular screening tests. For more information: http://1.usa.gov/uclfGR

  E-cards

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards

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Get Involved

Take action to raise awareness about cervical health.

  1. Partner with other local groups, like cancer networks and community health clinics, to host an education event.
  2. Encourage healthcare providers to offer free or reduced-cost “Pap Days.”
  3. Start a local National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) chapter in your community.
  4. This January, encourage local radio stations to air public service announcements (PSAs) to raise awareness about cervical health.
  5. 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 nccc@ashasexualhealth.org for more information and materials.

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