January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Screening for cervical cancer is important for women aged 21 to 65. The American Cancer Society advises that women aged 21-29 should get a Pap test every three years. Pap and human papillomavirus (HPV) co-testing are recommended every five years for women aged 30-65. Adding cervical cancer screening (CCS) to your list of regular screenings can help reduce your risk of cervical cancer by detecting it early.

In addition to screenings, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends HPV vaccinations for cervical

health and cancer prevention. The CDC advises all girls and boys aged 11-12 to get an HPV vaccination. The HPV vaccine comes in two doses, and children can be vaccinated for HPV as early as age nine. Children aged 15 or older beginning the series need three shots. Vaccination is recommended through age 26.

“The HPV vaccine is a safe and effective anti-cancer vaccination. There is strong evidence demonstrating that girls who receive the vaccine are protected against cervical cancer,” says Paige Dorsey, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP) at Family Health/La Clinica in Wautoma, “but the other important fact is that boys should get this vaccine too. Cervical cancer is decreasing because of the vaccine. Still, oral cancers, especially in men, have increased in the last 16 years, and both girls and boys should be vaccinated.”

If you are interested in HPV vaccination for you or your child, or if you believe you are due for cervical cancer screening and would like to establish care at our clinic located at 400 S Townline Rd in Wautoma, you can call toll free at 1-800-942-5330.

Family Health/La Clinica (FHLC) is a community health center (CHC) providing primary medical, dental, behavioral health and substance use recovery services to patients of all ages and income levels, both insured and uninsured. Family Health accepts private insurance, in addition to Medicaid (BadgerCare) and Medicare, and offers a sliding fee discount program for those who are income-eligible.

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