January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Franklin County Health Department wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
- HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Franklin County Health Department encourages:
- Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
- Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27
- Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
- Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22
Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.
- Franklin County Health Department promotes healthy lifestyles and disease prevention activities in order to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Franklin County by offering women’s health services including pap smears and other exams that screen for certain cancers.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 919-496-2533.