Before January comes to an end we at Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. want to shed light on Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. This month gives us a chance to look into the importance of prevention and screening strategies. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women globally. It is typically caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) according to the World Health Organization. It can be prevented and found early through different proactive measures. The following are things you can do recommended by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Vaccination: One of the best preventive tools is HPV vaccination. It is typically given during adolescence. This shot protects against several high-risk HPV types. It lowers the risk of cervical cancer. Advocating getting the shot in younger groups is a key part of boosting cervical cancer awareness.
- Regular Screenings: Routine screenings are essential for early detection of cervical abnormalities. You can get screened during your Pap smear. This test collects cells from your cervix to check for anything irregular. These screenings can show changes in the cervix. This allows for timely intervention. The test itself is very simple. It is done at your provider’s office. The provider will gently scrape a few cells from your cervix, and that is it. It may feel a little uncomfortable, but it is a quick process. Healthcare providers often recommend screenings every 3-5 years. This depends on your risk factors.
- Safe Sex: Practicing safe sex helps keep you safe from cervical cancer. By using condoms you can help lower your risk of getting and spreading HPV. Use condoms to help protect you and your partner. It is important to note that condoms do not get rid of the risk entirely. However, they do offer some protection against the virus. Speak openly with your partner about sexual health. Doing this helps keep a safe and informed approach to intimate relationships.
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Keeping a healthy lifestyle is a big boost for your well-being. It can lower the chance of cervical cancer. Eating well is key to making your immune system strong. It’s also good to avoid smoking. Smoking is linked to health risks. One of which includes a higher chance of cervical cancer. Keeping your immune system strong helps your body fight off sickness. With that being said try to add a mix of fruits and veggies in your daily meals. Also, add regular exercise to your routine to keep you fit and strong. These simple steps go a long way in supporting your immune system.
- Education and Awareness: It is important to promote awareness about cervical cancer. By reading this blog you are taking the first step to educate yourself. Getting a better idea of the risk factors, prevention methods, and the importance of screenings is vital. Keep an eye out for educational campaigns in schools, workplaces, and communities. These can empower you to take charge of your health through informed decisions.
- Regular Healthcare Visits: Keep up with your visits to primary care providers or OB/GYN. These visits are crucial for your reproductive health. Meet with your doctor to talk about getting the HPV shot, Pap smears, and ask about any concerns related to cervical health.
Taking charge of your health is a big step towards a healthier future. We want to make sure that you know that Clinicas is here to support you every step of the way. Your health is in your hands. Make informed choices. That can protect you against cervical cancer. We want you to take the first step by making an appointment with your Primary Care or OB/GYN. Our providers are committed to giving you tailored help. So that you know how to protect yourself and put your health first. Whether it's through regular screenings, vaccinations, or adopting a healthier routine. Let’s work towards a future free from the worries of cervical cancer. Don't hesitate to make that appointment today! Give yourself the power to lead a healthier and happier life. Clinicas is here to walk with you on this path of self-care and prevention.