Healthy Living | Cervical Cancer Awareness

Health & Wellness | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | By Eulanda Williams

Cervical Cancer Awareness month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, It's also a major cause o cervical cancer.  Over 79 million Americans currently have HPV and many people with the disease don't know they are infected. It has been proven that some people with this disease have no symptoms and getting tested is the best way to find out if you have HPV. HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Cervical cancer can be prevented with a regular screening test(called Pap Smear) and follow up care.We can use this opportunity to get more information on this awareness and get screened.

What is HPV? It causes the type of growth called papillomas, which are more commonly known as warts. HPV can infect cells on the surface of the skin and those lining the genitals, anus, mouth and throat, but not the blood or internal organs such as heart and lungs. Different types of HPV cause warts on different parts of the body. Getting screened for the virus is the best way to prevent the spread of HPV and cervical cancer. It can also be cared with early detection. As women, we need to educate ourselves and help each other learn about this awareness, talk to our friends, mothers, sisters and daughter and the risk factors and prevention.

Be Well,


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