January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every year, over 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Education and regular screenings are the best ways to prevent and diagnose this potentially dangerous disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
, cervical cancer is the most preventable type of female cancer. The Pap smear is the main screening test for the detection of pre-cancerous cells of the cervix as well as for early diagnosis of cervical cancer. Getting regular cervical cancer screenings is the key to prevention. Take advantage of this important preventive care screening, and talk to your Primary Care Physician (PCP) about scheduling your well-woman exam today.
To learn more, please read this Sharp Health News article
on how often women should get a Pap smear, and download our free preventive care checklist
for women 18 years and older.