What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. More than 14,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.
During January the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), a program of ASHA, works with its many chapters across the country to highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection and prevention.
Visit NCCC’s #CervicalHealthMonth page for an array of tools including:
- A proclamation you can send to your mayor or other local or state officials
- An ASHA/NCCC press release
- Free downloads including posters and an ebook
- Sample social media content
- Podcasts, videos, and more
- Resources for professionals including free CE.
Elle Smith, the newly crowned Miss USA, is also an NCCC chapter leader! Elle, who’s using her reign to promote cervical cancer awareness, took time to chat with us about her exciting plans for 2022.
Dr. Maria Trent is a pediatrician, member of our board of directors....and a mom! Watch as she explains why vaccines to prevent cervical cancer are so important.
ASHA’s Sex+Health Podcast
The Sex+Health podcast covers a range topics of topics in sexual health, including HPV and cervical cancer prevention. The episodes below feature interviews with experts in the field discussing all aspects of HPV and cervical cancer prevention.
The Art and Science of Treating Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancers can be as unique as the patients in whom they’re diagnosed so there’s no one size fits all approach to treatment. In this episode we talk with Dr. Leslie Randall, Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology with the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. In addition to current treatment options like surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation Dr. Randall discusses innovations like immune therapies, offers tips on how patients can cope with treatment and its aftermath, and talks about the crucial role patients play in the research and clinical trials process
A Conversation on Cervical Cancer with Denise Linton, DNS, RN, FNP, FAANP
Cervical cancer is preventable and that’s something to celebrate. We still have work to do though as some communities – especially people of color and rural residents – tend to be diagnosed with cervical cancer more frequently (and often with a more advanced stage). In this episode with chat with Denise Linton, DNS, RN, FNP, FAANP to explore ways to make medical care more accessible and welcoming for everyone. Dr. Linton also offers insights on the value of clinical trials in developing new therapies and how we can do a better job of making them far more inclusive.
HPV Tests Take Center Stage
It used to be so simple: go for an annual Pap! The venerable Pap is now frequently used as a co-test along with a test for the Human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. In this episode Dr. Latoya Patterson breaks down the current approaches to screening for cervical cancer including the newest option, HPV primary screening, where an HPV test is used without being paired with a Pap test. The Pap test still has a role, though, so tune in to find out all about it!
Patients who are well-informed about tests and procedures –including why they’re having them in the first place- are empowered health care consumers. Understanding Cervical Cancer Prevention is designed to take the mystery out of the process so you will feel confident to speak-up, ask questions of your health care team, and become an advocate for your own health and well-being.
Patient stories offer powerful insights that go beyond the statistics and outcomes, as those affected by cervical cancer have an understanding of what the journey is like. We are fortunate that patients and survivors have shared their stories with us, offering insight on how to manage diagnosis and treatment and offering advice for family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers.