January is Cervical Health Awareness month

January is Cervical Health Awareness month

Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:01 pm

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Belleville, Ill— Cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up, and it is highly curable when found and treated early, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is encouraging women, especially those with disabilities, to get screened during Cervical Health Awareness Monthin January.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, women with disabilities face many challenges to receiving screenings, including:

1. Inadequate access to facilities and equipment 

2. Physical conditions that make the exam difficult or painful 

3. Lack of provider knowledge and insensitivity to needs 

4. Lack of accessible transportation 

5. Lack of adequate health insurance 

These barriers to preventive care can have devastating effects. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cervical cancer is more common among women who don’t have regular Pap tests. A Pap test is a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix for examination under a microscope to find abnormal cells. Removing or killing the abnormal cells usually prevents cervical cancer.

The NCI estimates that there were 12,200 new cases of cervical cancer in 2010, and that 4,210 women died from the disease this past year. Six out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years.

Federal healthcare reform passed in 2010 requires new health plans to provide free preventive care and screenings for women, which may encourage more women to get screened. 

By January 2011, women with disabilities who are Medicare-eligible can take advantage of preventive services that include coverage for a personalized prevention plan and a comprehensive health risk assessment.

Public education and outreach are keys to promoting good cervical health for all women and eliminating screening disparities for women with disabilities. For more information and to learn how you can help during Cervical Health Awareness Month, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC). <http://ALLSUP.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?514137x1042236x-953726> 

The NCCC also provides information on free and low cost Pap tests near you. <http://ALLSUP.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?514137x1042235x-1468517>

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