Celebrating 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.
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/precancer 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.
- Distribute ASHA/NCCC's cervical cancer/HPV press release to state and local media. 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.
- Radio public service announcements are available on the Community Awareness Toolkit page. 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.
- January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Learn more, get involved, make a difference! http://tiny.cc/5nzj8w #CervicalHealthMonth
- Free fact sheet download - Ten Things to Know About HPV. http://tiny.cc/5nzj8w #CervicalHealthMonth
- Find free/low cost Pap tests in your area. http://tiny.cc/7vzj8w #CervicalHealthMonth
- 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 at www.ashasexualhealth.org/uploads/pdfs/10ThingsHPV.pdf.
- 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.