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Women’s Health Newsletter Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Women’s Health Newsletter Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

This month's e-newsletter will provide you with information about cervical cancer.

Are you at risk for cervical cancer?

There is really no way to know for sure if you're going to get cervical cancer. Certain factors can make you more likely to get cervical cancer than another woman. These are called risk factors. However, just because you have one or more risk factors does not mean you will get cervical cancer. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get cervical cancer. With cervical cancer, it is rare to get the disease if you have no known risk factors, but it is possible.

These are the main risk factors for cervical cancer:
  • Not getting screened with a Pap test as recommended by your doctor
  • High-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), a type of infection spread through sex
  • Smoking
  • HIV infection or a weak immune system
Read the full article to find out more about risk factors and cervical cancer.

The Stats on Cervical Cancer

These are some 2012 statistics about cervical cancer in the U.S. They come from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts & Figures:
  • About 12,170 women will find out they have invasive cervical cancer this year.
  • This year, about 4,220 women will die from cervical cancer.
  • Incidence rates have declined over most of the past several decades in both white and African-American women.
  • Nearly all women with cervical cancer have been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • The death rate from cervical cancer continues to decrease each year due to prevention and early detection as a result of screening with the Pap test.

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Prevention Measures

A Pap test and pelvic exam are important parts of a woman's routine health care because they can detect abnormalities that may lead to cancer of the cervix, according to the National Cancer Institute. These abnormalities can be treated before cancer develops. Most cancers of the cervix can be prevented if women have Pap tests regularly.

Test Yourself

Cervical Cancer Quiz
Cervical Cancer Risk Assessment