Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2024
Many of us make resolutions in January focused around health. But when we think about our health, cervical health doesn’t always make the list, even though it should. January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and is the perfect time to scheduling a screening.
Each year in the U.S. approximately 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and nearly 4,000 die as a result. In both the U.S. and around the world, cervical cancer disproportionately impacts poor women.
For women 21-65 years or age, regular cervical cancer screening can help prevent cancer. The Pap test can help detect cervical cancer in its earliest stages. When detected early, cervical cancer is highly curable. As with other cancers, the later cervical cancer is detected the harder it is to treat. Even if you’d have the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, regular screening is still recommended.
At MFHS, we provide a wide range of confidential, reproductive health services regardless of age, income, or insurance coverage. And depending on your income, care is provided at no cost or for an affordable sliding fee. No one is ever turned away based on their ability to pay. To find the location nearest you and find out if you qualify for free or low-cost services, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.
Cervical cancer is preventable and curable, but only with access to regular screenings. All Pennsylvania women, regardless of their economic condition, should have access to the life-saving screening tests they need to prevent cervical cancer.
Maria Montoro Edwards
President & CEO
Maternal and Family Health Services