January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness RibbonJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The cervix is a female organ that connects the vagina to the uterus. While cervical cancer often times does not have any symptoms, the good news is that cervical cancer can be easily diagnosed with a Pap test. Regular Pap tests help to detect the cervical cancer at an early stage when it is more easily treated.

Did you know that most cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papillomavirus known as HPV? The HPV vaccine is available for girls aged 11 to 12 and as young as nine, and is also being considered for boys, between the ages of 11 to 18. This simple vaccine can help prevent the next generation from having cervical cancer and other cancers that are linked to HPV.

Agnesian HealthCare offers free pelvic exams, pap tests and HPV vaccines for women between the ages of 15 and 44, without health insurance or unable to pay deductible or co-payments.

If you would like more information about Marti Spittell-Ziegelbaur Foundation Grant funds available through the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation to pay for a Pap test, call the Samaritan Health Clinic at (920) 926-4841.

About Agnesian HealthCare Cancer Care Services

Agnesian HealthCare Cancer Care Services brings cancer care closer to cancer patients. With offices in Fond du Lac, Ripon, and Waupun, there is no need to travel far to get the most advanced technology and treatment.

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2 Responses to January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

  1. Michelene Beaster January 19, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    l would like to know what causes cervical cancer and how the HPV vaccine can prevent it?

  2. Lisa Michels, APNP January 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    HPV-stands for the “human papilloma virus” and it appears to be a factor in the development of 90+% of cervical cancers. One can get HPV from sexual contact with someone who has HPV. The HPV vaccine is just that, a vaccine, like the flu vaccine, that can decrease the risk of developing cervical cancer, at least those related to HPV. The vaccine has shown to be effective against the two strains of this virus that currently cause about 70+% of the cervical cancers.

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