2-Jan-14 10:45 AM  CST

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the U.S. and more than 4,000 die from cervical cancer according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).  January is the start of a new year and with the new year in mind it is important for patients to remember to get appropriate vaccinations for HPV, pap testing, and HPV testing. 

            ASHA/NCCC President and CEO Lynn B. Barclay commented on HPV in a press release.  “Cervical cancer is preventable through vaccines and screening tests.  Making sure these tools reach the most vulnerable women is critical, of course, but so are the efforts to educate women about the disease.  Accurate, culturally-sensitive information and access to care are an unbeatable combination.  “Only about 35% of girls and young women who are eligible for these vaccines have completed the three-dose series.  Parents are strongly influenced by the recommendations of the family doctor or nurse, so we’ll continue developing cervical cancer information and counseling tools designed specifically for health professionals,” said Barclay. 

            There is no treatment for HPV, but treating diseases caused by HPV can be managed.  Pharmacy technicians may go to www.ashasexualhealth.org and www.nccc-online.org to learn more about HPV, cervical cancer, and their treatment options. 

 


Sources: 

 

1.  ASHA/NCCC Web sites.  www.ashasexualhealth.org and www.nccc-online.org

 

2.  “Ten Things to Know About HPV.”  ASHA Publication.  Web.  Date of Access:  30    Dec 2013. 


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Jennifer O'Reilly
 
Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly for NPTA  

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