September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month: Are You Protected?

Each year, approximately 450 women in Indiana and Kentucky are diagnosed with cervical cancer. More than 150 will die annually.

The good news? The earlier cancer is detected and treated, the better. When caught early, the five-year cervical cancer survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers, through Pap tests that detect abnormal cervical cells, and through the humanpapillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects women against HPV, the main cause of cervical cancer.

At Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, we offer a full range of reproductive care, including well-women visits, Pap tests and the three-dose HPV vaccine, which is recommended for young women and young men between the ages of 11 and 26. Several PPINK health centers also offer advanced screenings and treatments for abnormal Pap results.

The need for more education and protection about cervical cancer is clear. Kentucky has the 6th highest rate of cervical cancer in the country, with an incidence rate of 8.6 per 100,000. Indiana’s cervical cancer incidence rate is 7.3 per 100,000, coming in at 23rd out of 50 states.

Each year in the United States, about 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Approximately 12,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and around 4,000 will die from the disease.

We hope you take the time this month to check in with yourself and your health care provider to keep yourself as healthy as possible. To schedule an appointment for a Pap test, well-woman visit or HPV vaccine, check our locations page or call 800-230-PLAN.

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