Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Screening Near You

Did you know New York has the 4th highest rate of cervical cancer in the country? Since the introduction of the Pap smear in the 1940s, the death rate for cervical cancer has dropped more than 70%. Studies show cervical cancer is usually caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV -- a common STD. However, only a few high risk strains (there are more than 100!) cause cervical cancer.

January is cervical cancer screening month: If one of your resolutions was to take better care of yourself, getting screened is a great start to better health. Your reproductive health affects overall health!

Click here to find out more about Pap smears and cervical cancer screening or here to learn about the HPV test.

Source: Montefiore Medical Center

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