Your Best Protection
Last year the Buncombe County Department of Health tested 3,977 women for cervical cancer. Of those, 326 women needed follow-up treatment and 45 were diagnosed with cervical cancer. Not one of those 45 mothers, sisters, wives, or friends died, and the reason for that is early detection. All these women made the choice to have a pap test.
When detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. A Pap test offers the best opportunity to detect cervical cancer at an early stage, when successful treatment is likely. The test is quick, simple, and generally painless. Regular Pap tests can detect changes around the cervix before they have a chance to turn into cancer.
Despite the success of Pap tests, not all women get them regularly. It has been estimated that as many as 80% of deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screening and necessary follow-up treatment. All women should be tested for cervical cancer as often as their doctor recommends.
To start the year right, women are encouraged to schedule a Pap test with their doctor or clinic to check for cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women, who have been sexually active for at least 3 years or are over the age of 21, talk with their health care provider about getting screened. Cervical Cancer is treatable. Schedule your Pap test today.
N.C. BCCCP (Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program) offers free or low cost breast and cervical cancer screening services and follow-up care to eligible women in North Carolina. For more information, call 1-800-662-7030 or 919-707-5300.
BCCCP services are available in Buncombe County by calling 250-6006. Women qualify if they are between the ages of 40-64 and meet income guidelines (based on income and family size). Eligible women may also be between the ages 18-40 with a history of previous abnormal Pap tests. Women with little or no insurance are encouraged to call and see if they qualify.Read the full article