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Cervical Cancer and HPV- Be Informed!

Posted on January 5, 2013 at 7:33 PM Comments comments (159)
Hi All and Happy New Year!!  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month so we wanted to share some information about Cervical Cancer and HPV.  We would like to encourage you to discuss this subject and share your stories!

According to the CDC, Cervical Cancer refers to an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells affecting the cervix.  The cervix connects the body of uterus to the vagina (Birth Canal).  There are two types of cervical cancer:

1. Squamous Cell Cervical Cancer (Most Common)

2. Adenocarcinoma of the Cervix

Quick Facts from the CDC
  • About 12,400 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer every year.
  • About 4,000 women die from Cervical Cancer
  • In 2008 studies showed that Hispanic women have the highest incidence of the disease, followed by African American women, Caucasian women, Indian women, and finally Asian women.
  • In 2008, African American women were found more likely to die from this type of cancer.
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus and is the most common sexually transmitted disease and the most common cause of Cervical Cancer.


Cervical Cancer is highly preventable due to Pap Smears/Screening tests that are used to detect these abnormal cells.  This test allows for early treatment.  Early treatment and detection has been effective in improving the quality of life and the overall health of women with the disease.  Also, there is a HPV Vaccine that is now available to help prevent the HPV Virus.  Gynecologist have said that women should have a Pap Exam at least every 3-5 years.  

Please take a listen to this Podcast Presented by the CDC to learn more about Cervical Cancer, HPV, Screenings and Treatment.  

So, here are the questions ladies:

1. When was your last PAP Exam?
2.  Have you or your teen taken the HPV Vaccine if eligible?
3. Do you know where you can receive free or low cost Pap Screening Test, HPV Vaccines or Treatment?

Please feel free to discuss this subject on the blog!  As always, if you have further questions or need to know where you can go to receive any of the above in Woodbridge, VA you can contact us by clicking here!