Health experts share advice for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
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JACKSON, Tenn. — January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Across the nation, 12,000 women are diagnosed with the disease, and out of those 12,000, statistics show 4,000 of them die. However, many don’t know cervical cancer is highly preventable because of screenings and vaccines to prevent HPV, which is the main cause of cervical cancer. Doctors say when it’s found early, it’s highly treatable. “If you get diagnosed, everybody hates to hear the cancer word, but once you have diagnosis of cervical cancer we certainly can treat it and still have a pretty great outcome in most patients,” Dr. Joseph Fouche with Kirkland Cancer Center said. Doctors recommend women and preteens ages 11 and older undergo routine HPV vaccination.