What Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer

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Eastside Medical Center is using this health awareness opportunity to urge all women who have not had a Pap test in five or more years and those who have never had a Pap test to contact their healthcare provider and schedule a Pap test today.

Nationally, 12,280 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and nearly 4,021 women will die from it. In Georgia, there are about 330 cases of cervical cancer yearly, and approximately one-third of those result in death.

“It is important to know and understand the risk factors associated with cervical cancer,” said Peter C. Mann, M.D., gynecologic surgeon with Eastside Medical Center.

Risk factors for cervical cancer include the following:

”   #Multiple sex partners

”   #Sex at an early age

”   #Sex partner that has had multiple sex partners

”   #HPV (Human Papillomavirus) infection – 75 percent of American women are infected with the virus at some point in their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society reports that between 60 and 80 percent of American women with newly diagnosed invasive cervical cancer had not had a Pap test in the past five years and may never have had one. Unscreened groups include women over the age of 50, uninsured or underinsured women, minorities and low-income women, especially those in rural areas.

While cancer affects people of all racial and ethnic groups, it does not affect all groups equally. Public health officials are particularly concerned about urging African-American women to have regular Pap tests because they have significantly higher incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer than do white, non-Hispanic women

“Cervical cancer deaths are almost completely preventable.# Pre-cancerous stages are detected during routine Pap tests and are very treatable with modern medical advances.# Young women are also now offered a vaccine that can significantly reduce the chances of contracting the viral infection HPV, which is strongly linked to the development of cervical cancer,” said Dr. Mann.

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