Health Department Tells Women To Get Cervical Cancer Screenings

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE) is urging people in CT and Rhode Island to start the New Year off right by taking charge of their health by scheduling important preventive screenings, such as a Pap test, which can detect irregularities that lead to cervical cancer.

Terri Rosenbaum and Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner Karen Adamson will answer questions and help women determine what testing or screenings are appropriate for them, a press release stated. "According to the most recent NY state data (2014), only about 65 percent of women without insurance have had a Pap test within the past three years, compared to roughly 85 percent of women with health insurance". Those cells can then be removed before cancer starts.

"Cervical cancer is most often found in women who have never had a Pap test or who have not had one in the past five years, so it's especially important for these women to get screened", said Schuyler.

Women can contact the health department at 410-612-1780 to find out more about the cancer screening services provided.


"It is so important for women to get regular Pap tests because cervical cancer often does not have any symptoms until the late stages", explains Breast and Cervical Cancer program director, Susan Twigg.

The CSP offers free cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured women, age 40 or older.

Some women are at higher risk for cervical cancer.

If you have insurance, talk to your doctor about cervical cancer screening. Cervical cancer is caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted infection. Anti-cancer vaccines have been found effective in preventing the two strains of HPV most frequently found in cervical cancer. Call (315) 462-0602 or 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.

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