The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County is encouraging women ages 21 and older to get screened for cervical cancer every three years.
Nearly 900 women in New York state are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and 250 die because there usually aren’t symptoms in the earliest, most treatable stage.
“January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and it’s is a good time to remind women about the importance of screening,” director Candice Lucas said. “Unlike many other cancers, cervical cancer is preventable, and it is highly treatable if found early.”
National guidelines recommend that all women get screened for cervical cancer with a Pap test every three years through age 65. The tests look for precancerous cell changes on the cervix that might become cancer.
Cervical cancer occurs more often in women ages 30 and older, and it is more common among women who haven’t been screened in more than five years.
Most health plans cover the cost of cervical cancer screenings. The Cancer Services Program of Monroe County can cover that costs along with mammograms and colorectal cancer screenings for those who do not have insurance.
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