CERVICAL CANCER CAN BE PREVENTED WITH SCREENING TESTS AND VACCINES

Wed January 11, 2012

DUPAGE COUNTY-The DuPage County Health Department is using Cervical Cancer Awareness month in January to remind DuPage County women that cervical cancer is preventable and the Health Department has programs for women who lack health insurance.

Each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. The true tragedy of the disease is that cervical cancer screening tests and vaccines exist that can prevent virtually every case.

The Health Department offers an important program to women who are underinsured or have no health insurance. The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP), provided in part through grant funding received from the Illinois Department of Public Health, offers free screenings to detect breast cancer or cervical cancer among low-income women who are DuPage County residents. Eligible women who enroll in IBCCP may qualify for other disease prevention services.

Throughout the United States and the world, cervical cancer disproportionately impacts poor women who do not have access to health care and often lack awareness about the disease.

Please visit the Health Department's website for information and enrollment forms: http://www.dupagehealth.org/womens-health.

Cervical cancer is caused by specific types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that almost everyone who is sexually active will have at some point. There are vaccines that block the types of HPV most often found with cervical disease, and screening tests that can identify women most at risk.

  • We can prevent cervical cancer by following these steps:Vaccinate early (females and males ages 9 to 26 are eligible)
  • Pap test regularly (beginning at age 21)
  • HPV test when recommended

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CERVICAL CANCER CAN BE PREVENTED WITH SCREENING TESTS AND VACCINES