Cervical Health Awareness Month
What is Cervical Health Awareness Month?
The United States Congress designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month. 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 the communities.
- Cervical Cancer Screening with Warner Huh, MDCervical 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, MDHuman 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, MDMost 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.
- 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
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.
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. Motivation is the key, that, and the willingness to make contacts with local media. As part of a nationwide education effort surrounding Cervical Health Awareness Month we are asking that state and local supporters of the NCCC mobilize to get the word out about cervical cancer and HPV.
Some of the issues you may wish to highlight are personal stories of women and family members/caregivers battling issues related to their persistent HPV/pre-cancer and/or cervical cancer. You may wish to highlight recent advances and research in the prevention, detection and treatment of cervical cancer or HPV. You can highlight the success of your local/regional early detection cervical cancer screening and treatment programs and human-interest stories on the importance of early detection, education and the emotional issues related to battling cervical cancer and HPV.
Here are ways you can get involved:
- Contact your local media to encourage coverage of Cervical Health Awareness Month. This guide gives tips on how to approach local media contacts. You can distribute the ASHA/NCCC press release as well.
- This easy-to-follow guide on how to work with the media at the state and local level to spread the message of Cervical Health Awareness Month and the importance of early detection offers helpful tips;
- Enlist radio stations to announce public service announcements (PSA) on cervical cancer and HPV, and seek placement of the NCCC’s public service announcements in local newspapers and magazines. Imagine the amount of education that could be accomplished if each state had a story and/or PSA placed in each of the three major media venues & radio, television and print.
- Send this proclamation to your mayor, or local legislative office to publicly recognize Cervical Health Awareness Month.
- Reach out and spread the message through social media. Use the sample Tweets and Facebook posts below to let your networks know what we’re doing for Cervical Health Awareness Month and how they can get involved! Hashtag is #CervicalHealthMonth.
- Download, display and distribute our cervical cancer awareness month posters above.
- January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Visit NCCC to learn more. Get involved and make a difference!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.