January is Cervical Cancer Prevention Month

Submitted by A Su Salud on January 30, 2013 - 11:09am

Dayana Alvarado, age 19, is a full-time student. She enjoys drawing and taking care of her younger sisters. Alvarado knows by taking care of her health and getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, she can continue enjoying her hobbies. The HPV vaccine is an important part of cervical cancer prevention.

January is cervical cancer prevention month. You can help prevent cervical cancer in two ways. First, schedule regular Pap tests. If you are 21 or older, you should get a Pap test every three years or follow your doctor’s instructions. Alvarado knows getting a Pap test is important, “You should get checked, just to be safe.”

Next, get the HPV vaccine. The HPV vaccine is available for males and females between the ages of 9 and 26. It is given in three doses over six months. Alvarado did not think twice about getting the vaccine, “I thought they were like any other vaccine, to protect yourself from diseases.”

Following these steps makes preventing cervical cancer easy. Alvarado feels everyone should protect themselves from cervical cancer, “I think every girl should get it, to be protected.”

Find out if you qualify for a free Pap test or the HPV vaccine. Call Claudia at 210-358-3242 or e-mail Claudia.asusalud@uhs-sa.com.