By: Charlene Cariou, MHS, CHES, Comprehensive Cancer Prevention Program Manager, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Cervical cancer screening can prevent cancer – don’t put it off!
Start the new year off right and get screened for cervical cancer. Get screened regularly- cervical cancer can be prevented when cell changes are caught early and treated
Did you know?
Cervical Cancer Quick Facts:
- 3 out of 10 Idaho women still need to be screened for cervical cancer – most of these women have health insurance coverage.
- Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for cervical cancer screening, we can do better!
- Women should have their first PAP test in their 20’s and regularly until age 65.
- Cervical cancer is PREVENTABLE through regular screening.
Reduce your Risk
What increases your risk for cervical cancer in the first place?
- Tobacco use – smoking doubles your risk for cervical cancer
- Almost all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV vaccination is recommended for boys and girls at ages 11-12.
Call to Action
Get screened and encourage your friends and family to talk to their doctor about getting screened.
For more information about cervical cancer, check out these resources:
- Cervical Cancer in Idaho
- CDC Basic Information About Cervical Cancer
- Need help paying for cervical cancer screening – visit womenshealthcheck.dhw.idaho.gov