Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity and causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
- Let women know that most insurance plans must cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
- Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.
The good news? The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV, and regular screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer.
With this and other National Health Observance toolkits offered on healthfinder.gov, we’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. The toolkits provide resources for organizations like schools, health care providers, health departments, and more to raise awareness about critical public health issues, like cervical cancer.
This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
- Add information about HPV and cervical cancer prevention to your newsletter.
- Tweet about Cervical Health Awareness Month.
- Add this Web badge to your website.
By raising awareness about cervical health, we can all work together to help women protect themselves from cervical cancer.