Why should you be aware?
Cervical cancer is not uncommon. In fact, nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. While the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) spreads awareness throughout the year, January is spent to celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month. This month is focused on spreading awareness on prevention and treatment of cervical cancer that takes approximately 4,000 lives annually.
Knowing Cervical Cancer
The disease develops slowly starting as a precancerous condition known as dysplasia. If left undetected, dysplasia can turn into cervical cancer. Moreover, always remember that cervical cancer can potentially spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs and liver. This is one of the reasons why it is a must to pay attention to this disease.
And the good news is…
Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care. And since the symptoms of cervical cancer (abnormal vaginal bleeding, unusual discharge, periods that last longer or have a heavier flow than usual and bleeding after menopause) may not show up until the cancer is advanced, it is very important that we undergo regular checkups.
Let’s spread the word.
Women should feel comfortable talking about sexual health with their healthcare providers. Let’s spend the Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year. Together, let us put an end to cervical cancer. It is not too late to save a life.
As your trusted health plan consultant since 2006, Health Plans In Oregon has been educating Oregonians on how to make use of the preventive services included in their health insurance plans. In most plans, women can get these services at no cost to them – such as well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening.