TEXAS (KIAH) – January – Cervical Health Awareness Month. This type of cancer often goes unnoticed and undetected.
In Texas, cervical cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death among women aged 20-39 and 4th among women aged 40-49. But medical experts say the disease is preventable with appropriate testing and vaccinations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, routine cervical cancer screening is the most effective way to prevent or detect cervical cancer early. Meanwhile, HPV vaccination protects against the types of HPV that cause nearly all types of cervical cancer.
“Screening tests can detect precancerous cells before they become cancerous, which is why screening is so important. Cervical cancer is not one of those cancers where you can have symptoms in the early stages, so it’s very important to do these screening tests,” said Kara Verbanic, public health educator.
Every person over the age of 21 should have a cervical screening; cancer regularly.