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Resources for Cervical Health Awareness Month

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More than 14,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC).

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cases of cervical cancer, but there’s not one single one size fits all treatment, because cervical cancers are unique to the patients diagnosed with them. 

The good news: Prevention is possible with vaccination and early detection. Early detection involves regular Pap exams, and a specific test for HPV. These two tests can help doctors identify cervical cancers early. 

But there’s still work to do. According to the NCCC, rural residents and people of color tend to be diagnosed with cervical cancer more frequently and often with a more advanced stage. 

Designated by Congress, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month in the U.S. and awareness efforts focus on issues related to cervical cancer, HPV, and the importance of early detection. 

In honor of #CervicalHealthMonth, here are some resources to help you learn more about cervical and pelvic health:

Originally published: January 31, 2023
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