Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?

Cervical Cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, yet over 12,000 women in the US are diagnosed with it each year.

Cervical Cancer Awareness MonthHuman papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is found in about 99% of cervical cancers. While almost 90% of HPV infections resolve on their own within 2 years, high-risk types of HPV may cause cervical cancer.

Regular PAP screenings and HPV tests can help to diagnose pre-cancerous cell changes early and possibly prevent cervical cancer.

HPV Vaccines

It is recommended that all females between the ages of 9 and 26 get an HPV vaccine. The vaccines do not cure HPV or related diseases but they help to prevent several types of HPV, including those found in most cervical cancers.

Cervical Cancer Treatment Options

If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, there are a few things to know about potential treatments. Keep in mind that that the 5 year survival rate for cervical cancer that has not spread outside the cervix area is 92%.

Your doctor may discuss the following treatment options with you:

  • Surgery – may be needed to remove the cancerous cells. A hysterectomy may be done to remove the uterus and, when necessary, the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or vagina.
  • Radiation therapy -uses high-energy x-ray or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells and prevent them from spreading.
  • Chemotherapy – is the use of drugs to kill the cancer cells or stop them from dividing.

Get Involved

You can show your support and spread the word about Cervical Cancer Awareness month in many ways.

  • Volunteer or donate to an organization that provides Cervical Cancer Resources.
  • Contact local media and government to encourage coverage of public service announcements about Cervical Cancer.
  • Spread the word on social media

Do you want to know more about cervical cancer?

Please contact Women’s Health Partners for more information. We’re here to help!

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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