January 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.