Even though January is coming to a close, it’s still a very important month for recognizing and raising awareness of many important health concerns. One of those causes is Cervical Cancer awareness.

Cervical Cancer is directly linked to the viral sexually transmitted disease known as HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. Though relatively many people carry some strain of the HPV virus, very few will experience cell changes that lead to cancer as a result of being infected with HPV. Despite that, a huge component of Cervical Cancer awareness has to do with raising awareness of HPV and educating the public about how to deal with HPV and how to protect themselves. For more information on HPV and how it can affect you, visit http://www.nccc-online.org/index.php/hpv-and-relationships.

Some quick Cervical Cancer facts:

  • HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, not through an exchange of bodily fluid
  • The majority of women with an HPV infection will not develop cervical cancer, but regular pap tests are vital to early detection and cure.
  • Cervical cancer most commonly takes 10-20 years or more to develop. Because of this, even women who are no longer sexually active should still have regular pap tests.
  • Cervical cancer is completely preventable if precancerous cell changes are detected and treated early.
  • Latex condoms can reduce – but do not totally eliminate – the risk of HPV infection.
  • Regular pap tests will detect virtually all precancerous changes and cervical cancers.

What can you do to help support research towards a cure for Cervical Cancer? For starters, visit www.nccc-online.org to learn more about Cervical Cancer. Then click “Chapters” or “Help” to get involved or make a donation. And as always, Valley Healthcare is here to provide any answers you need or services you’d like to schedule – just call our main help line at 706-322-9599 to get more information on care providers who can help answer your personal questions about HPV and Cervical Cancer.

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