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posted on January 05, 2010 08:43

 

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
 
Cervical Cancer Screening Saves Lives, yet...
 
11% of women living in the United States report that they do not have their regular Pap test screenings. In the United States, about 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and approximately 3,700 women die each year from this disease. High-Risk HPV Types are directly related to cervical cancer, yet many women are unaware of what HPV is or the relationship it has to cervical cancer. In the majority of developing countries, cervical cancer remains the number-one cause of cancer-related deaths among women.
 
In Idaho, 23.1% of women report not receiving a regular Pap test during the previous three years. Women residing in Health District 7 were significantly more likely to have not had a cervical screening than women in the rest of the state, 33.7% reporting they have not had a Pap test. The majority of women not receiving Pap tests were between 18-24 years old and greater than 65 years old, Idaho’s youngest and oldest.
 
Idaho women without healthcare coverage were significantly more likely to have not had a Pap test than those with coverage (35% compared with 20.1%). Programs like Women’s Health Check are vital to Idaho women without healthcare.
 
For more information, see the cervical cancer information sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
For free educational publications on other cancers available from the CDC, follow the link below to their website:
 
Resources are also available in Spanish.