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'Hollywood On the Hill' - A Red Carpet Event on Capitol Hill Raises Awareness for Cervical Cancer Prevention and HPV-Related Technologies
Date:2/4/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Legislators, women's health advocates and policy makers on Capitol Hill attended a "Hollywood-style" red carpet event last week to mark the conclusion of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and kick off awareness efforts for the rest of the year. The event, hosted by the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), invited special guests to walk the red carpet for the premiere screening of a film featuring real women who share their stories of triumph over cervical cancer. The film highlighted women and their doctors who reveal how advancements in screening and prevention made a difference in their lives and health.

"'Hollywood on the Hill' was a creative way to bring attention to progress in the fight against cervical cancer and the distance yet to go. By educating women and Congressional decision makers about advances against this deadly disease, we're empowering them to take action," said Susan Scanlan, Chair of NCWO.

NCWO's Women's Health Task Force advises that there are several important points that women should understand in order to communicate effectively with their healthcare providers. Among them:

-- HPV testing is FDA-approved for use in women aged 30 and older in

conjunction with a Pap test. A Pap test alone is accurate 50 to

85 percent of the time, depending upon the type of Pap used. Adding an

HPV test to a Pap test in women aged 30 and older increases the

clinicians' ability to detect pre-cancerous cells to almost

100 percent. This allows for treatment that prevents cervical cancer

from occurring or detection and treatment of cervical cancer in its

early, most treatable stages.

-- The HPV vaccine was FDA-approved in 2006 for girls and women aged

9-26 and it's recommended by the CDC for routine use in girls ages

11 and 12. The vaccine has been shown to be 100 percent effective --

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