January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Please make it a point to visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and learn all you can to protect yourself and women you love!
Did you know that every single day there are approximately 30 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States? These women were likely exposed to HPV (which causes cervical cancer) before they were 26, and the HPV vaccine available now prevents the four types of HPV (6, 11, 16 & 18) known to cause the most cases of cervical cancer.
Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) will not treat HPV and is not a substitute for cervical cancer screening, which young women should do annually once they become sexually active, but the CDC recommends all girls over the age of nine complete the series of three shots.
We should all be encouraging everyone we know to get this vaccine, and get pap tests done regularly - early detection helps!