January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month, calling attention to the fact that with screening and preventive methods, women can protect themselves from cervical cancer. Cancer affects millions of lives, and according to the American Cancer Society, over 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
Cancer treatment has progressed exponentially during the past few decades as the result of screening tests that help detect many cancers in their earliest stages. Cervical cancer is now one of the most preventable and treatable cancers due to screening. Regular Pap tests are the best means for screening and protecting against this cancer. Without this screening, about one-third of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer would die as a result of the disease.
Make cancer prevention a priority with annual screening and well-woman visits to your doctor, and maintain optimum health with a few other important physical fitness considerations.
- Consume a healthy diet
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Don’t consume more than one alcoholic drink a day