COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 4,200 deaths will occur from Cervical cancer this year.
As many as 70 percent of Cervical cancer cases are caused by two types of HPV infections. More than half of new cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened.
All women are at risk for Cervical cancer, however, it occurs most often in women over age 30.
This year, it's estimated that more than 12,800 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Cervical cancer.
"Everybody has a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend, or an aunt that can be affected by Cervical cancer, so it is extremely important for women to remember to get checked every year," says Pamela Kirkland, the public relations and information coordinator at the Columbus Health Department.
Early detection and treatment can prevent many deaths. The HPV vaccine is available and can prevent many of the viruses that cause Cervical cancer and certain types of cancer that occur in men.