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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 at 6:26 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Aaron Gernes

Today is the last day of Cervical Health Awareness Month. Almost 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United States. 4000 women die from the disease annually. Carla Boat is in charge of the Care for Yourself program at Marion County Public Health. She says that cervical cancer usually shows no symptoms. The only way to detect it is with a pap smear. Marion County Public Health offers free pap tests to eligible women who are either under insured or uninsured. Boat adds that boys and girls are recommend to get an HPV vaccine at ages 11 or 12 to help prevent contracting the virus.