Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month

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More than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year.

This month is ‘Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month’ and healthcare professionals at Memorial Hospital’s cancer center want to shine a light on the dangers of this disease.

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Cervical cancer stems from a virus, typically the sexually transmitted disease HPV or human papillomavirus.

Medical oncologist Olivia Hightower says this virus can easily be detected and prevented if ladies are vigilant when it comes to health and wellness. “The earlier we catch these illnesses the higher success rate we have at treating them and actually treating them with less side effects because the treatment is generally easier when we catch it at an earlier stage and we have higher success rates. Being your own advocate and getting your checkups is really important.”

If you have questions or would like to learn more visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition’s website at nccc-online.org.