DHHS Reminds You January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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"This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, so I called on the Prime Minister to support Amber's family in their campaign to introduce Amber's Law, which would change the regulations so that women under 25 can access smear tests if they request one when symptomatic".

"Our research has found a third more BAME women of screening age have never attended a cervical screening appointment compared to white women, and only half are able to identify the human papillomavirus (HPV) as the cause of cervical cancer, compared to nearly two thirds of white women".

It's estimated that about 79 million Americans have HPV but many don't even know they're infected, as most people never develop symptoms.

The questions come as Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is under way, which has been backed by Amber's family.In reply to Ms Elliott's request for a change in the rules, Mrs May said: "I send my condolences and I'm sure the whole house does to Amber's family for this bad thing that has happened".

The charity Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust asked 2,017 British women and a third said embarrassment about their body caused them to delay getting tested. But women with impaired immune systems should start receiving screenings before age 21 if they are sexually active.

There will be postcards handed out, for women to take home and give to others, encouraging them to have a smear test.

No woman should die of cervical cancer. But having a smear test can prevent 75 per cent of cervical cancers.

Understanding the risk factors and detection methods for cervical cancer are crucial to early detection.

"Increasing awareness of the importance of early detection and its role in decreasing the mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer within the female population of the UAE is an important focus for us". If the HPV infection does not go away on its own, it may cause cervical cancer over time.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but instead a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix - the entrance to the womb.

An HPV test looks for HPV on a woman's cervix. This encouragement stems from the fact that the vaccine only works on HPV strains that a person has not been exposed to because the vaccine does not treat existing infections or HPV-associated diseases. The task force does not recommend the HPV test for women under age 30. Women should talk with their doctor about what is best.

In North Lincolnshire there are between 10 and 15 women newly diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

Pearls of Wisdom, a symbol aimed at raising awareness of cervical cancer, will also be distributed at the Cork event.

Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 and is one of the only cancers that can be prevented.

Parents should speak with their children's health care provider about the HPV vaccine at the 11-to 12-year-old well child visit. HPV vaccines are licensed, safe and effective.

Limit sexual contact to one partner.

To Your Health is provided by the staff of Boulder City Hospital.

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