|NEWS||Improving and Protecting the Health, Well-Being
and Self-Reliance of All Montanans.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 09, 2014
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, just over 30 Montana women develop cervical cancer, a cancer that affects a woman's reproductive health. Cervical cancer screenings, or Pap tests as they are commonly known, can effectively find and treat cervical cancer in its early stages, so it is important for women to talk to their doctors about cervical cancer screenings.
"Women between the ages of 21 and 65 should talk to their doctors about Pap tests," says Lisa Troyer, Program Manager for the Montana Cancer Control Programs (MCCP). "In addition, two other important items are to not use tobacco and to note any changes to the body's normal function. Cervical cancer can be symptomless, but sometimes a woman will notice changes. Again, women should talk to their doctors about these concerns."
"The occurrence of cervical cancer in Montana women is low," Troyer adds. "However, women should understand that low numbers can also be attributed to the effectiveness of regular Pap screenings. MCCP offers screening services, and we work with medical providers, local communities and businesses to help educate Montanans about these vital services that help save lives."
Messages will also be posted on the DPHHS Facebook page throughout the month to help expand awareness and educate Montana women about cervical cancer prevention and screening.
For more information on cervical cancer awareness activities, contact Troyer at 406-444-6089 or email at LTroyer@mt.gov.The Montana Cancer Control Programs supports comprehensive cancer control in Montana by providing ongoing quality screening services to Montana men and women and education in a manner that is appropriate, accessible, cost-effective and sensitive to the client's needs.