Hispanically Speaking News (01.05.13)
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Latinas, who have the highest rates of cervical cancer among U.S. women, are the top focus of Planned Parenthood’s Cervical Health Awareness Month efforts throughout January. Women can prevent cervical cancer with immunization for human papilloma virus (HPV) and screening for cervical cancer, according to Planned Parenthood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that girls receive HPV vaccinations between the ages of 11 and 12 and Planned Parenthood’s updated guidelines call for women to be screened with the Pap test beginning at age 21. Also, all women between the ages 21 to 29 should have a Pap test every three years and from the ages of 30 to 64, all women should have a Pap test every three years or have combined HPV and Pap testing every five years.
Approximately 4,000 U.S. women die of cervical cancer each year, and 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. However, the five-year survival rate is almost 100 percent if the cancer is detected early.
Planned Parenthood’s updated web page provides additional resources and explains what women should do at every age to prevent cervical cancer. The organization supplied more than 100,000 HPV vaccinations and tests and 770,000 Pap tests in 2010.