Latinas have the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the U.S. so Planned Parenthood is making a special effort to encourage this group to protect their cervical health during January’s Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is preventable and proper screening is key to early detection.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, provided 770,000 Pap tests in 2010. Regular Pap tests are one of the most effective ways to detect cervical cancer early. Every year, approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 American women die of the disease. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for cervical cancer is almost 100 percent. The human papillomavirus, or HPV, leads to cervical cancer. Combined, Planned Parenthood provided more than 100,000 HPV vaccinations and tests in 2010.