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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the RPM Health District 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.
• 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, the RPM Health District encourages:
• Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21
• Parents to 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.
The HPV Vaccine is available at our offices. If you are interested in the HPV Vaccine, please give our offices a call and we will be glad to help:
Rutherford: (828) 287-6100
Polk: (828) 894-8271
McDowell: (828) 652-6811