Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. And each year,more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
The good news?
· The HPV vaccine (shots) can prevent HPV.
· Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
Cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal (changed) cells early before they turn into cancer. Most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.
How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.
· Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
· Let women know that most insurance plans must cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
· Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.
How can I help spread the word?
This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. example:
Add information about HPV and cervical cancer prevention to your newsletter.
Tweet about Cervical Health Awareness Month.
Host a community event to raise awareness about cervical health.
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Amani Women Center:
(AWC) fills a very important gap for the work we do in the refugee community by providing culturally sensitive programs and services to the different ethnic groups represented in Clarkson, Georgia. Crucial to the AWC’s work is a holistic, culturally informed, and collaborative approach. AWC believes in the value of creating trusting relationships on a person-to-person basis to identify community needs and obstacles to develop effective solutions that empower and strengthen the community. We continue to show commitment by effectively and efficiently providing tailored programming and services through our ethnically diverse team that is reflective of the community we serve. Also, AWC’s work and supporters continue to grow and expand with the changing needs of the community and the development of new alliances.