January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Cervical cancer is almost entirely preventable with regular PAP and HPV (human papilloma virus) tests and screening. The PAP test is performed by a doctor or nurse who takes a small sample of cells from the cervix and the cells are examined in a laboratory to detect any abnormalities. If abnormal cells are precancerous they can be treated before they become cancerous.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women receive PAP tests beginning at age 21 and to continue testing every three years. At age 30 it is recommended that screening be done every five years with a test to determine if HPV is present. Seventy percent of cervical cancers are caused by HPV which is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners, including the NH Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, which provides free screenings to eligible women. More information is available at http://www.getscreenednh.com/ .
Your New Year's Resolution Could Help Prevent Cancer
Scientists estimate that about a third of cancers that occur every year in the US could be prevented by eating a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
In their report, overweight and obesity are linked to an increased risk of eleven cancers that include: colorectal, endometrial, esophageal, gallbladder, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, post-menopausal breast, advanced prostate, and stomach cancers.
Your New Year’s Resolution to move more and eat smart may not only make you feel better, it could reduce your cancer risk!
NH CCC works collaboratively with partners, such as Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) and the American Cancer Society, to share resources and implement strategies to reduce cancer risk in New Hampshire. Learn more about NH CCC strategies to reduce cancer statewide in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.
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