Archbold Cervical Health Awareness Month Events
Thursday, January 15, 2015
January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month, serving as a reminder to women to be proactive about scheduling cervical cancer screenings. Though cervical cancer is a very common cancer, it’s also widely known as one of the most preventable gynecologic cancers if caught early during routine testing.
“Many women are at risk for developing cervical cancer,” said Sandra Reed, MD, OBGYN at Shaw Center for Women’s Health. “But with regular screenings, we increase our chances of catching the cancer in an early stage when it’s most treatable.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that is passed from one person to another during sexual activity. Other risk factors for cervical cancer include smoking, having the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), using birth control pills for five or more years, giving birth to three or more children and having several sexual partners.
To screen for cervical cancer, a Pap test is performed to look for changes in the cells of the cervix. Pap tests are recommended for women ages 21-65 and can be performed in a doctor’s office or clinic.
“Cervical cancer was once the number one cause of cancer death in women,” said Dr. Reed. “But that is no longer the case. The number of cervical cancer cases has decreased significantly over the years largely because women are more proactive about getting their regular screening tests.”
This month, Archbold will host free cervical cancer screenings through their health system as well as a Health Talk.
On January 22, Archbold will host a free cervical cancer screening in Thomasville at the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
Screenings will also be held at other locations within Archbold’s health system:
- January 26 (Quitman)-Brooks Medical Associates located at 907 N Court St. from 3:00pm-5:00pm
- January 29 (Cairo)-Cairo Internal Medicine located at 1090 5th St SE from 1:30pm-3:30pm
- January 29 (Camilla)-Medical Group of Mitchell County located at 259 US Hwy 19 S from 3:00pm-5:00pm
The free screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings, and pap tests. For best results, do not drink sweetened liquids or eat for at least six hours prior to the screening. Tests and results will be provided free to participants as a clinical outreach effort supporting Archbold’s core value of Community Benefit. All screenings will be offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. For more information on the screening events, call (229) 584-5520.
On January 27, as part of Archbold’s continuing Health Talk free community lecture series, Dr. Reed will present “Cervical Cancer: How Routine Screenings Can Save Your Life” at 6pm. Routine screening recommendations, and symptoms and treatment options associated with cervical cancer will be discussed. The talk is offered free as a clinical outreach effort to uphold Archbold’s core value of community benefit. Dr. Reed is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and practices at the Shaw Center for Women’s Health. The lecture will be held in Williams Auditorium in the East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be served. Pre-registration is required; call 229-584-5520 or visit www.archbold.org.