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National Cervical Cancer Screening Month

January marks National Cervical Cancer Screening month.  Cervical cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among women worldwide, and in 2007, an estimated 11,150 cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in the United States. Half of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer are between the ages of 35 and 55.  Two types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which affects one in four women, are the most common causes of cervical cancer.

For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has been helping women protect their health by providing regular checkups and education. Last year, Planned Parenthood affiliates provided more than one million cervical cancer tests, and a growing number of affiliates across the country are providing the HPV vaccine. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006, the HPV vaccine is designed to prevent the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women worldwide. Regular condom use also significantly reduces the risk of contracting the types of HPV that cause nearly all cervical cancers.

To learn more about cervical cancer and ways to reduce your risk:

Take five minutes to learn more about cervical cancer it could potentially save your life or the life of someone you care about. To help reduce your risk, find the Planned Parenthood Health Center nearest you or call 1-800-230-7526 to make an appointment for a cervical cancer screening or to find the HPV vaccine.

Published: 12.31.07
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