Cervical Health Awareness Month
Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 lives are lost as a result. Cervical cancer ranks seventh of the leading cancers diagnosed among Texas women. Cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when found and treated early.
Each January is recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month. During January, health centers may wish to raise awareness around issues related to cervical cancer and the importance of early detection.
The National Cervical Cancer Coalition has numerous educational resources on cervical cancer, including media materials and posters. Fact sheets are available through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is housed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In Texas, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program (BCCS) offers clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pelvic examinations, and Pap tests throughout Texas at no or low-cost to eligible women.