January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Home Care Plus is helping spread the word that there is a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. It is also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coaltion, between 80-90% of HPV infections resolve naturally.
The good news?
- HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.
- Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website for more information on screening recommendations, symptoms and more.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy!
Facts and figures courtesy of Healthfinder.gov.