January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and it serves as a reminder to encourage women to prioritize their health by getting their annual wellness exam.
Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that can be prevented. Early stages of cervical cancer may not have any signs or symptoms. As cervical cancer progresses, it may cause abnormal bleeding or discharge.
The three main risk factors for cervical cancer include using tobacco products, persistent HPV (Human Papillomavirus infection), and missing regular screenings. HPV causes over 90% of all cervical cancers.
While many people get HPV at some time in their lives, they are usually able to clear the infection.
Those who are not able to clear it have persistent HPV infection, which may cause cervical cancer.
By getting regular screenings, persistent HPV infection can be caught early.
Today, the Department of Health staff held a wave in front of McDonald's, reminding members of the public of the availability of screenings for cervical cancer.