January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and Oakhurst Medical Center, Inc. wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. For more information, visit Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc. and/or contact us at 404-298-8998 for an appointment.
Did you know?
Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity.
About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer.
Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
There is good news…
The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
It is encouraged for women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
Parents should make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as preteens.
Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.
Both boys and girls need the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. #CervicalHealth
HPV affects men, too. Find out how you can protect yourself and your partner. #CervicalHealth
Help prevent cervical cancer by getting regular screening tests. #CervicalHealth