30 Dec Cervical Health Awareness
Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases 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 treated successfully or even prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.
Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center encourages:
- Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings 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.
Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy.
If you have questions about radiation therapy or other treatment options for cervical cancer, the staff at Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center would love to speak with you. You can contact us by completing our online form or calling our office directly. Our experienced oncologists and staff members look forward to hearing from you soon.