According to an April 2020 report, cervical cancer screening dropped nationwide by 83%. This steep decline is due to the temporary shutdown of medical offices for routine care to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, regular cervical cancer screening is essential to good health and can save lives.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of the North Country is taking this opportunity to educate women that cervical cancer is preventable with regular screening. Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts.
These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it may be most easily treated. Cervical cancer screening is recommended for women beginning at age 21.
If you are concerned about the risk of COVID-19, talk to your health care provider about your overall health and risk for cervical cancer. Together, you can decide if getting screened is safe at this time.
If you don’t have insurance or a health care provider, our program may be able to help. The CSP can help eligible, uninsured women ages 40 and older get cervical cancer screening. In addition, our program provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible state residents.
Call 855-592-0830 today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings. We also offer educational sessions on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer to organizations upon request.
Do not wait; call us today! Education is power and early detection saves lives.
The writer is program manager for Cancer Services Program of the North Country.