Fight Against Cervical Cancer

Jan 08, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Long Beach Island Health Department wants you to know there is a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

The American Cancer Society states that cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50 percent. The main reason for this change is the increased use of screening tests and appropriate vaccinations.

HPV (human papillomavirus) causes about 70 percent of all cervical cancers. This virus is also the most common sexually transmitted disease.

The good news: HPV can be prevented by getting the HPV vaccine, therefore lowering your risk of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can also often be prevented with regular screening tests (Pap tests) and follow-up care. 

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Long Beach Island Health Department encourages:

• Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21.

• Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 26.

• Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12.

• Men younger than 22 to get the HPV vaccine. 

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy. Visit the LBI Health Department at lbihealth.com/ or on Facebook.

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