January is observed as Cervical Health Awareness Month, and it was started as a way to recognize the need for awareness of HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and a major cause of cervical cancer. However, HPV can be prevented with the HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care.
CancerCare’s professional oncology social workers can help you learn about ways to cope with or prevent cervical cancer, and can locate resources (including screening programs) in your community. The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program also provides helpful information, including a state-by-state directory of free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test screening programs.
CancerCare is offering an upcoming 15-week online support group for women diagnosed with a gynecologic and/or reproductive cancer who are currently receiving treatment. In this group led by an oncology social worker, patients give support to each other and share resources and information.
To join this group, you will need to complete our online registration process. After joining this password-protected group, you can read and post messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The group will continue accepting members after the February 1 start date.
CancerCare’s free services also include individual counseling from professional oncology social workers and financial assistance. To speak with a professional oncology social worker, call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
Visit http://www.nccc-online.org/ to learn more about Cervical Health Awareness Month.