The hope is that every January women from around the world will pause and remember that they have a cervix! The fact is that many women have never seen their own cervix, and have very little understanding of the role of their cervix in their lives. It is one of the perils of having internal sex and reproductive organs.
Each year in the U.S. approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 lives are lost as a result. This doesn’t take into account the many thousands of women who have cervical abnormalities and abnormal Pap tests for reasons other than cancer, but who still undergo expensive and inconvenient follow-up exams and treatments.
Cervical cancer is caused by specific types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a common infection that almost everyone who is sexually active will have at some point. There are vaccines that block the types of HPV most often found with cervical diseases, and screening tests (such as Pap tests and HPV tests) that can identify women most at risk. We can prevent cervical cancer!
Vaccinate early (females and males ages 9-26 are eligible)
Pap test regularly (beginning at age 21)
HPV test when recommended
What else can you do?
Talk with your friends about cervical health! Decide to make friends with your cervix.
Read articles, like this one on checking your cervical position, by Rachel Gurevich
Check out the documentary “At Your Cervix”.
Jack into the Beautiful Cervix Project!