Released: 1/8/2001

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month


Cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women.  Approximately 2-3% of all women over the age of 40 will develop some form of cervical cancer.  A Pap smear test is the best way to detect cervical cancer at an early stage when treatment is most successful.  Pap smears detect abnormalities in the cells of the cervix, thus alerting your physician that further tests may need to be done. Women should have a Pap smear every year, beginning at the age of 18, or as recommended by your health care professional.  Pap smears are usually done as part of a yearly check up and pelvic exam.  Call your doctor today to schedule your Pap smear and pelvic exam. Early detection saves lives.

The Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program Coalition of Winnebago & Boone Counties bring this message to you.  This is a community wide effort that includes; Winnebago County Health Department, Boone County Health Department, Dekalb County Health Department, Rockford Health System, Swedish American Health System, Jane Kiley RNC and La Vos Latina.