January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
And for women in East Texas, it is particularly important.
Remember the flak Governor Perry endured over his order for vaccinations agains the HPV virus?
Well, whatever his motivations, the fact is, they work.
Nationwide, about 12,000 people are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. About 4000 women die.
There are three things you need to know about cervical cancer.
One, it’s the 4th most prevalent form of cancer for women in America.
Second, East Texas is a hot spot for cancer cases.
And third, and most importantly, it is the only cancer that can be prevented.
The most common cause of cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus that we’ve heard so much about. There is an HPV vaccine available for both girls and boys ages 9-26.
But why is East Texas a center for cervical cancer cases?
The answer is probably rural populations with less access to either information or medical care involving cervical cancer.
Now, we all remember the controversy surrounding Rick Perry’s order for HPV vaccinations for girls in Texas.
Charges and suspicians flew, but the bottom line is, he was right.
And now the vaccine is available, and recommended, for boys.
The Health District says that exams and immunizations are available on a sliding scale.
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