Opinion: Get screening, vaccination during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
To the Editor:
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know cervical cancer can be prevented with screening and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination? The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) would like to share these important facts about how to prevent cervical cancer and make it a thing of the past.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.
The HPV vaccine prevents most cervical cancers and other cancers caused by HPV. The vaccine is usually given to boys and girls starting at age 11 or 12 but can be started as early as age 9.
CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community to get rid of cervical cancer. Our program helps employers adopt paid time off policies for cancer screening and educates employees on the importance of getting screened. CPiA also educates health care providers, community organizations, parents, and young adults about the benefits of the HPV vaccine.
If you are an employer, health care provider or community-based organization, call the CPiA. Our program can provide education and strategies to help you put cancer prevention into action.
Regular screening and HPV vaccination can reduce, and possibly end, cervical cancer. To learn more about how the CPiA Program can help you take action against cervical and other cancers, call us at 315-261-4760.
Ellen Hurlbut and Kathy Sochia
Cancer Prevention in Action of Lewis, Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties