By ANNALEA TRASK
Cancer Prevention in Action Program
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that 11,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year.
Did you know cervical cancer can be prevented with screening and the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination? Stony Brook Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention in Action (CPiA) Program is here to help keep yourself and your loved ones safe with these cervical cancer prevention tips.
Schedule your screening: Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer so they can be removed before cancer grows. Regular screening is recommended from age 21 to 65.
Get vaccinated: Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the HPV. The HPV vaccine is recommended for children of all genders at ages 11 to 12. The vaccine is safe beginning at age 9 and through age 26 for those not vaccinated in childhood.
Raise Awareness: Cervical cancer is preventable. Spread the word to raise awareness that cervical cancer can be eliminated in our future through vaccination and screening.
The CPiA program at Stony Brook Cancer Center works to increase HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening rates to reduce cancer on Long Island. CPiA provides education to health care providers, community organizations, parents, and young adults about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.
If you would like to learn more about how to prevent cervical cancer for yourself or your organization, call the CPiA program at Stony Brook Cancer Center. CPiA can provide education, strategies, and resources to help you put cancer prevention into action.
Regular screening and getting the HPV vaccine can prevent, and possibly end, cervical cancer.