Live Well Wednesday

Hope for Cervical Health

Megan Whisman.jpgAt Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday evening, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

Today’s topic is Hope for Cervical Health by Megan Whisman, Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner.

In honor of January being Cervical Health Awareness month, we will be highlighting women’s health issues and topics all this month during our #LiveWellWednesday posts. Be sure to check back each Wednesday in January for more information from Compass Community Health Care Center Family Nurse Practitioner, Megan Whisman.

To wrap up our series on Cervical Health Awareness Month, Compass Community Health Care Center would like you to know that’s so much you can do to prevent cervical cancer.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are even infected. HPV is also the main cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more than 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news?
• The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
• Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
• In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month Compass Community Health Care Center, encourages:
• Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
• Parents make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12
• Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.
• Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
• Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy, make your appointment today to get your annual exam.

For more information on cervical cancer visit:…/res…/features/CervicalCancer/index.htm

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