Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. It’s a great time to brush up on cervical cancer prevention tips and learn what you can do to protect yourself, your friends, your daughters, your mothers, and all the women in your communities and social networks. It it estimated that more than 80,000 women in the US each year are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, which includes cancers of the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina.

Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and more than 11,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Yet, cervical cancer is the most preventable cancer because it’s the only cancer with a single known primary cause: HPV (human papillomavirus). Eight out of 10 women are estimated to get HPV at some point in their lives, but the virus usually goes away on its own. However, HPV can persist in some women and cause abnormal cells to develop into cervical cancer.

So what should I do to protect myself?

  • Ages 9-26: Consider an HPV vaccine.

  • Age 21 and older: Get a regular Pap test

  • Age 30 and older: Ask for an HPV test together with your Pap test.

Where can I go for more info? Where can I send my readers/followers?

Below are resources to help you take advantage of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month (GCAM) and get up to speed on cervical cancer prevention.

Print-and-read (or better yet, post-and-share): 

Information-filled websites to link to:

Articles for your community newsletters: 

  • Want to run an article on cervical cancer prevention in your neighborhood/moms group/church/synagogue/hospital/work newsletter, but don’t have time to write one from scratch? Click here to access pre-written articles that you can run.

Badges and “Buttons” for your blogs

  • Show your support and educate others by posting these badges from the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer to your blog

Interested in supporting cervical cancer prevention causes?

Buy a gorgeous pearl pin from the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign to Prevent Cervical Cancer, or a vibrant eye makeup kit from The Yellow Umbrella. Funds go to cervical cancer prevention and education.