January is Cervical Health Awareness Month
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Although cervical cancer is preventable with HPV vaccination and Pap tests, more than 14,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
Research shows that women are more likely to miss appointments due to lack of childcare, time off and access. However, I think we’ve all seen during the last two years that if we plan to thrive, we have to advocate for our own health. This includes routine checkups and doctors appointments. I have talked to countless women who are struggling to get appointments done, and I want to do my part to ensure we get the care we need.
So that we can preserve the lives of thousands of women this year, I am asking you to do a few things today.
- Determine the date of your last visit to the gynecologist and Pap test.
- If you are over 21 and it has been more than three years since your last test, call your gynecologist’s office to make an appointment today.*
- If you’ve had a Pap test but are due for your yearly check-up, call and make your appointment.
- If it’s too early in the year to schedule these appointments, add a reminder to your planner or phone.
- After you make your appointment, text or call three friends to encourage them to do the same.
*These timelines are general guidance. If you have questions about when you’re due for appointments, check with your doctor for personalized medical advice.
I have compiled a few resources to assist you if you need additional help.
How to Find the Best OB/GYN for You
Understanding Cervical Cancer Prevention Tool
How Often Do I Need a Pap smear?
My Pap Test Was Abnormal: Now What?
Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist at Every Stage of Your Life + Women’s Health Printables