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Cervical Health Awareness Month

What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, but the disease is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening (Pap and HPV tests).

During January, NCCC and its many local chapters across the country highlight issues related to cervical cancer, HPV disease and the importance of early detection. While NCCC chapters host events throughout the year, January is a month with a special focus as chapters celebrate Cervical Health Awareness Month and work to spread the word in their communities.

NCCC and the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) also offer a range of resources (listed below) to educate the public and healthcare providers about cervical health, from fact sheets to episodes of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast.

What Can You Do?

As someone who is interested in educating and advocating for increased knowledge of cervical cancer and HPV disease, you can do a lot. You can contact your local media to encourage coverage of Cervical Health Awareness Month, offering this ASHA/NCCC press release. You can also send this proclamation to your mayor, or local legislative office to publicly recognize Cervical Health Awareness Month.

You can also check out the resources on this page, from fact sheets to episodes of ASHA’s Sex+Health podcast, to educate yourself and others. Download, display and distribute our cervical cancer awareness month posters and help NCCC and ASHA get the word out on social media.

Promote Cervical Health on Social Media

You can help NCCC promote the importance of cervical health and cervical cancer prevention by sharing prevention messages throughout the month that cervical cancer is preventable!

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  • January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Visit NCCC to learn more. Get involved and make a difference! http://ow.ly/MdJb30760xc
  • During Cervical Health Month in January ASHA is offering a free download of the fact sheet Ten Things to Know About HPV. Get yours today. http://ow.ly/VKdY307APzi
  • During Cervical Health Month in January you can download free posters and more from NCCC. For more go to NCCC. Get involved, make a difference! http://ow.ly/jgj730760D4
  • Not one single woman ever needs to die from cervical cancer. We have the tools we need to prevent this disease so let’s use them. Get involved. Make a difference! Visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition online http://ow.ly/jgj730760D4

Downloadable Content

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.

Proposed Changes to Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published a draft of updated cervical cancer screening guidelines and some big changes are proposed. For insight on why check-ups for cervical cancer continue to change and move away from the traditional annual Pap, in this episode we chat with Mark H. Einstein, MD, MS, Professor and Chair of OB/GYN and Women’s Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


The New World of Cervical Cancer Screening

It used to be very simple – a woman had an annual Pap test. Now, Paps can be done alone or in combination with an HPV test (one HPV test can even be used for primary cervical cancer screening). Added to the mix is a set of updated guidelines that, for most women, means an annual cervical cancer screening exam is a thing of the past. It can all be very confusing, even for healthcare providers! Not to worry: in this episode we talk to Ina Park, MD, who sorts it all out for us. Dr. Park is an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Park is also the medical director of the California Prevention Training Center.


HPV FAQs with H. Hunter Handsfield, MD

Most sexually active individuals are estimated to have one or more infections in their lifetime with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and, not surprisingly, ASHA receives countless HPV questions, everything from What should I tell a partner? To Will I always have it? H. Hunter Handsfield, MD, gives us the scoop on what we need to know about HPV.

Resources for Health Professionals

ASHA/NCCC develops continuing medical education programs with such partners as Medscape, Primary Care Education, and WebMD. Below you’ll find current CME/CE modules produced by ASHA/NCCC and partners.

A 16-Year-Old Boy in the Clinic for a Sports Physical

CME/CE Credit for Physicians and Nurses
In collaboration with WebMD and The Yellow Umbrella Organization, ASHA has developed an activity, A 16-Year-Old Boy in the Clinic for a Sports Physical, for pediatricians, nurses, and primary care physicians. The goal is to reinforce knowledge of the indications for HPV vaccination in males.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will have greater competence related to

  • Implementing the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization recommendations for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among males

Author: David L. Bell, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center; The Young Men’s Clinic, New York, New York
Disclosure: David Bell, MD, MPH, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

For Physicians
Medscape, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nurses
Awarded 0.25 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education for RNs and APNs; 0.25 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology.

An 11-Year-Old Girl Due for Vaccinations

CME/CE Credit for Physicians and Nurses
In collaboration with WebMD and The Yellow Umbrella Organization, ASHA has developed an activity, An 11-Year-Old Girl Due for Vaccinations, for pediatricians, nurses, obstetricians and gynecologists, and primary care physicians. The goal is to provide guidance on responding to human papillomavirus (HPV)-vaccine-hesitant parents.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

  • Have greater competence related to incorporating recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for HPV Immunization into routine care/visits
  • Have improved performance with regard to providing a strong recommendation for HPV immunization

Author: Ina Park, MD, MS
Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine; Medical Director, California Prevention Training Center, Oakland, California
Disclosure: Ina Park, MD, MS, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

For Physicians
Medscape, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



For Nurses
Awarded 0.25 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education for RNs and APNs; 0.25 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology.

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