January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that? Probably not. Did you know that cervical cancer is one of the least known about cancers?
WHY ARE WE NOT TALKING ABOUT CERVICAL CANCER???
Whew, that rant is over. But, really, let's talk about cervical cancer.
Shan from Last Shreds of Sanity has a great post about cervical cancer- it's quite in depth and I highly recommend reading what she has to say as a survivor.
What are the risk factors for cervical cancer?
Most cases of cervical cancer stem from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) but smoking, immuno- suppressant drugs, HIV, Chlamydia, Diethylstilbestrol (DES), and family history are all common risks factors.
How do I get screened?
The best thing you can do is get a PAP smear. You may have HPV and not know it. The longer you wait, the more dangerous HPV can be.
What is HPV?
As Shan writes "It is a very common virus. There are more than 100 types. About 15 types can cause cervical cancer. Some types cause warts on the fingers or feet but do not cause cancer. Other types cause warts in the genital area that are not cancerous."
Check yourself before you wreck yourself, people. That's all I'm saying.
For more information, head to Cancer.org.