cercival cancer awareness month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 13,000 women get diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Luckily, we have the ability to decrease that number! Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for women, but due early prevention and screenings, cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers.

How can you prevent cervical cancer?

  • Avoid exposure to HPV: practice safe sex
  • Get the HPV vaccine: If you haven’t gotten the vaccine, make a mental note at your next visit!
  • Don’t smoke! If you have a high risk type of HPV infection and smoke, you are twice as likely to develop cervical cancer
  • Get regular screenings! Find a provider who you feel comfortable with and don’t miss your appointments!

*What is HPV? HPV is short for Human Papillomavirus. HPV can lead to genital warts and cancers, especially cervical cancer. HPV can infect the genital areas of both male and females, usually undetected. HPV is transmitted by skin to skin contact through genital, oral, and anal sex. It can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. For more information on HPV, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you are due {or overdue} for your annual women’s wellness exam, HSNT can help! We offer women’s wellness exams at Denton Medical Center (940.381.1501), Denton South Center (940.381.2313) and Elm Street Center (940.381.1501 ext. 5000).

The best protection is early detection!

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