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Health Tips from  ACH Providers: Cervical Cancer & HPV

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and  Advance Community Health wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
 
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It’s also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.
The good news?
  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV. Parents need to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, but women up to age 26 are eligible.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. Women should start getting regular Pap tests at age 21.
Please call (919) 833-3111 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers for a screening test and  vaccine consultation for yourself and your child.
 
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.

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