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Cervical Health Awareness

Posted by USFHP on Feb 8, 2022 11:00:00 AM

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Every year over 14,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer can be prevented and detected early by screening tests. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer among women worldwide.

One of those tests is getting an annual pap smear examination. It is recommended that every woman should have their first Pap test at the age of 21. The Pap test is the most common.

You should get screened for cervical cancer regularly.

Unlike many other cancers, People between the ages of 35 to 44 are more prone to get cervical cancer. However, cervical cancer is treatable.

It’s good to be aware of cervical cancer and keep yourself and your loved ones in good health by spreading awareness and keeping up-to-date with health screenings.

Symptoms related to cervical cancer include: pain during urination, heavy and unusual discharge, pelvic pain not related to your menstrual cycle, and abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding. Although you may experience some of these symptoms, consult with your doctor for further testing and answers. It does not mean you have cervical cancer.

The current pandemic with COVID-19 has put a toll on people’s regular doctor visits. About only 48% of women have been visiting the doctor’s office. Mandatory doctor visits are still recommended to stay on top of your health because it is still very important. 

Schedule an appointment with your OB-GYN or primary healthcare provider to get examined for cervical cancer.

USFHP Primary Healthcare Plan provides routine doctor's visits, hospitalization, prescription coverage, preventative health care coverage, specialty care. We’ve also developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.

Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: Women's Health, Cancer, cervical health