January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

When cancer starts in the cervix, it is called cervical cancer. All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but it most often occurs in women over the age of 30. Each year, about 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer and in 2019, the American Cancer Society predicted that 4,250 women would die from cervical cancer.

But what causes cervical cancer?

Human papillomavirus, more commonly referred to as HPV, is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV 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. Thankfully, cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because of screening tests and the HPV vaccine.

Cervical cancer is a highly treatable cancer when detected early. This January, we will be focusing on cervical cancer signs, treatment, awareness, and things that you can do to protect yourself and your family.