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[ISDH]Cervical Cancer is Almost 100 Percent Preventable
Start Date: 1/16/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/16/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS—According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 12,170 women were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer in 2012, and over 4,200 deaths occurred as a result of cervical cancer. In Indiana, approximately 250 new cases of cervical cancer, and 85 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually.

 

“No woman should die from cervical cancer,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “By taking some precautions like having routine Pap screenings, getting the HPV vaccine, and avoiding tobacco products, cervical cancer is almost 100 percent preventable.”

 

There are two screening tests than can help prevent cervical cancer or find it at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. The Pap test looks for cell changes on the cervix that might become cancerous if they aren’t treated appropriately. The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.

 

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with a Pap test every three years; or, for women ages 30 to 65 who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of a Pap test and an HPV test every five years. Some women may need to have a different screening schedule for cervical cancer due to their medical history. It is important to talk to your doctor to see what is right for you in regard to screening.

 

The greatest risk factor for cervical cancer is exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus is spread through sexual contact. Two high-risk HPV strains (HPV 16 and HPV 18) account for more than 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases, according to the National Cancer Institute. Two vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, have been shown to protect against most cervical cancers. In addition, Gardasil has been shown to protect against other cancers and genital warts and is approved for use in males. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for females and males ages 11 through 26.

 

Another high risk factor for cervical cancer is smoking. Women who smoke are about twice as likely as non-smokers to get cervical cancer. To quit smoking or to help someone you care about quit, contact the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669).

 

The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing, and treatment for underserved and underinsured women who qualify for services. To find out if you qualify for this program, call the Indiana Family Helpline at 1-855-HELP-1ST (1-855-435-7178).

 

For information on frequently asked questions regarding the HPV vaccine, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/hpv_faqs.html.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.StateHealth.in.gov. For important health and safety tips, follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

 

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Organizations interested in impacting the burden of cancer in Indiana should consider participating in the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC). The ICC is a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that addresses cancer across the continuum from prevention through palliation. Participation in the ICC is open to all organizations and individuals interested in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, quality of life, data collection and advocacy regarding cancer-related issues. To become a member of the ICC and find additional information about cancer prevention and control in Indiana, visit the ICC’s website at www.indianacancer.org.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:
Name: Amy Reel
Phone: 317.233.7315
Email: areel@isdh.in.gov
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