January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Across the US, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, while the UK marks Cervical Cancer Prevention Week at the end of the month.

The US-based National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) has explained that almost “13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year,” but added that since most cases are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), “the disease is virtually always preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening”.

Meanwhile, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said that in the UK, nine women are diagnosed with the disease every day but that 75 per cent of cases are prevented by screening, which takes the form of smear tests.

However, the Trust also said that one in four women do not attend “this potentially life-saving test”.

The NCCC said that it would be highlighting “issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection” in January.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801830709-ADNFCR