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 virtually always 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. You can also join our Cervical Health Month Thunderclap campaign (all you have to do is click) to help us shout out that cervical cancer is preventable!
- January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Learn more, get involved, make a difference! http://ow.ly/g3RQ30760mz #CervicalHealthMonth
- Free fact sheet download – Ten Things to Know About HPV http://ow.ly/VKdY307APzi #CervicalHealthMonth
- Find free/low cost Pap tests in your area. http://ow.ly/9REq30760to #CervicalHealthMonth
- 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
- Ten Things to Know about HPV and Cervical Cancer fact sheet
- Free ebook: HPV & Cervical Cancer: Stories from Survivors and Supporters
- Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Posters (click on an image to view and download)
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 three episodes below feature interviews with experts in the field discussing all aspects of HPV and cervical cancer prevention.
- Cervical Cancer Screening with Warner Huh, MD Cervical cancer screening used to all be so simple—women were told just go for your annual Pap. But now we have new tests to screen for cervical cancer, plus updated guidelines that—for most women—mean routine screening is done every few years rather than annually. Dr. Warner Huh of the University of Alabama, Birmingham sorts out the new landscape of Pap and HPV tests.
- All About HPV with Ina Park, MD Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common sexually transmitted infection. So common that most (~80%) sexually active people will be infected with HPV at some point. Our conversation with Dr. Ina Park covers a range of HPV topics including enital warts, cervical cancer vaccines, the stigma associated with warts “below the waistline,” talking to partners about HPV, and more
- HPV FAQs with 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? Hunter Handsfield, MD, gives us the scoop on what we need to know about HPV.
Resources for Health Professionals
- The HPV Toolkit is designed for healthcare providers and has sections on cervical cancer screening (updated to discuss guidance around HPV primary testing), vaccines, anogential warts, and non-cervical HPV cancers. The toolkit also includes an expansive section on patient education and counseling with tailored talking points around common psychosocial issues.
- In this video from the American Sexual Health Association, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, advocates for creating an “HPV-free zone” through vaccination. Dr. Trent speaks to fellow healthcare providers about the importance of vaccinating adolescents against HPV.
- Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington and a leader in STD prevention and research for more than 30 years, answers common questions about HPV in a two-part video series from the American Sexual Health Association.