(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health is encouraging regular screening for cervical cancer and vaccination for the Human Papillomavirus during National Cervical Awareness Month, observed every January.
According to the IDPH, all women are at risk for cervical cancer; however, it occurs most often in women over age 30.
“Because of advances in screening, as well as the HPV vaccine, cervical cancer is highly preventable. It is also very treatable if detected early,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “There are often no noticeable symptoms with cervical cancer, so it is important to get screened regularly. Now is also the time for teens and young women and men to talk with health care providers about the HPV vaccine, which can prevent the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.”