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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, January 15, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyssa Panning
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Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to focus on promoting cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination. Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly all health insurance plans cover cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination at no cost. However, many women are still not getting screened and many adolescents are not getting the full HPV immunization series. What can providers, healthcare professionals, and health systems do?

Help women understand what screening tests are best for them and when they should get screened. Make sure you screen patients with the current screening guidelines:

  • Women ages 21 to 65 should get the Pap test every 3 years.
  • Women 30 to 65 may choose to have co-testing every 5 years (Pap and HPV tests together).
  • Women over 65 need to continue screening only if they have not achieved adequate screening or have a history of CIN 2 or worse.
  • Women with hysterectomies who do not have a history of a high-grade precancerous lesion or cervical cancer can stop screening.
  • Women who have had the HPV vaccination should continue to get screened because the vaccine does not prevent all types of cervical cancer.


Spread the word about the importance of HPV vaccination:

Use reminders and educational materials to increase the number of women screened and patients vaccinated in your clinic:

Refer low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women ages 40-64 to the
Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program. Refer women under 40 to family planning clinics to ask about free or low cost screening.


If you have questions about these tools or if you would like to find out more about how to increase cervical cancer screening in your practice, contact the Department of Health’s Cancer Screening Quality Improvement Consultant, Emily Butler, at Emily.Butler@doh.wa.gov or 253-395-6729.

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