Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer; and of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. But cervical cancer is also a highly treatable cancer, thanks to improved screenings and vaccinations. Cervical cancer can be found early, and sometimes even prevented entirely, by having regular Pap tests.

Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide, but because it develops over time, it is also one of the most preventable types of cancer. Deaths from cervical cancer in the United States continue to decline by approximately two percent a year. This decline is primarily due to the widespread use of the Pap test to detect cervical abnormalities and allow for early treatment. Most women who have abnormal cervical cell changes that progress to cervical cancer have never had a Pap test or have not had one in the previous three to five years.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is found in about 99% of cervical cancers. There are over 100 different types of HPV, most of which are considered low-risk and do not cause cervical cancer.  High-risk HPV types may cause cervical cell abnormalities or cancer. More than 70% of cervical cancer cases can be attributed to two types of the virus, HPV-16 and HPV-18, often referred to as high-risk HPV types.

HealthFirst is dedicated to your health.  We offer vaccinations and education against HPV and cervical cancer. Please call us today to schedule your appointment for a screening!

“I think its vital women remember that their health is important.  We (women) are so busy making sure our families are taken of care of, we forget about taking care of ourselves!  I love being that person who “gently” reminds them that others can do without them for the short time it takes to get screened! And, I’m pleased to say it seems to be working.”  — Sheryl Russell, HealthFirst Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Coordinator

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