January 2013 Is
January 2013 Is

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Sponsor: National Cervical Cancer Coalition (http://www.nccc-online.org)

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. About 20 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

The good news?

• HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine.
• Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.

Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early, before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular Pap tests and follow-up care.

You can make a difference

• Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
• Let women know that the health care reform law covers well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
• Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine.

How can I help spread the word?

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Mountain View College wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. About 20 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Mountain View College encourages:
• Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
• Women to get the HPV vaccine before age 27
• Parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
• Men to get the HPV vaccine if you are under age 22

Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company. Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.

For Tweeters:

The messages below are sample tweets. To send them via Twitter, click on the URL link provided after the “Tweet this message” phrase. Or, copy the message and paste it to your Twitter stream and click post.

• Lower your risk of getting HPV (human papillomavirus) – the most common sexually transmitted disease. Find out how: http://1.usa.gov/TIwCaE o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/dR3hZ

• HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease out there. Find out how HPV affects men: http://1.usa.gov/Y1tCN o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/88aZ8

• Ask your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine! Boys and girls both need the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12. http://1.usa.gov/lWWco0 o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/KQ0dF

• Find out what to expect during a pelvic exam: http://mayocl.in/S333my o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/5M6E4

• You can help prevent cervical cancer by getting regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. http://1.usa.gov/uclfGR o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/fefZk

• A Pap test can catch cervical cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. Get more information about Pap tests: http://1.usa.gov/NiJG3B o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/cQUE6

• Find out how often you need to get tested for cervical cancer: http://1.usa.gov/uclfGR o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/589zT

• A Pap test can help prevent cervical cancer. Find out about free or low-cost ways to get a Pap test. http://1.usa.gov/lnhVtE o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/O6wG9

• Get help understanding your Pap test results: http://1.usa.gov/XxABiK o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/bbcSj

• Did you know that the HPV vaccine is covered under the health care reform law called the Affordable Care Act? http://1.usa.gov/wSZjFk o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/rOcm3

• Did you know that screening for cervical cancer is covered under the health care reform law called the Affordable Care Act? http://1.usa.gov/UxwVYp o Tweet this message: http://clicktotweet.com/zZ8ja

Send e-cards
• CDC – Cervical Cancer: The most preventable female cancer (http://t.cdc.gov/ecards/message.aspx?cardid=258)

Adapted from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC).

Find More Information

• Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (http://www.cdc.gov/hpv/) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Genital HPV Infection Face Sheet (http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Cervical Cancer Prevention (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/prevention/cervical/Patient/page3) National Cancer Institute

Teresa Moore, RN
Health Services
Room S1080
214-860-8713

Tmoorern@dcccd.edu