Navigation Links
National Cervical Cancer Coalition Stresses Importance of Screening and Prevention During January Cervical Health Awareness Month
Date:12/27/2007

Women Urged to Take Action and Protect Themselves in New Year

VAN NUYS, Calif., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 10,000 American women will learn they have cervical cancer/HPV this year, and nearly 4,000 will die from an advanced form of the disease. This January, during Cervical Health Awareness Month, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) is focused on educating women about the importance of the Pap test as a screening tool for cervical cancer/HPV and about vaccines that can further reduce the burden of this devastating disease.

It's the start of a new year - a time many reflect on their health. To start the year right, we encourage women to contact their health care provider to schedule a Pap test to check for cervical cancer. This screening is a crucial part of a woman's health care regimen, yet one that many overlook. "It's important to remember that cervical cancer is a preventable disease - as long as it's caught early enough," says Ms. Sarina Araujo, Executive Director of the NCCC.

While routine administration of Pap tests is the best means of detecting cervical cancer at an early stage, vaccines have the potential to protect women from the disease, by targeting cancer-causing types of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV, a virus transmitted through sexual contact, is the single known cause of cervical cancer. Two forms of the virus, HPV 16 and HPV 18, account for more than 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases. Some medical experts believe that through a successful education, screening and vaccination program for women, we will have the potential to nearly eliminate cervical cancer in the U.S.

"These vaccines represent a major advancement in women's health and in cancer prevention. With these new tools, we may be able to help ensure no woman in the United States has to endure cervical cancer," says Juan C. Felix, MD, chairman of the NCCC medical advisory panel and chief of OB/GYN pathology at the Women's and Children's Hospital, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. "We hope these vaccines will make cervical cancer a concern of the past."

Mr. Alan Kaye, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the NCCC states; "The United States has an inadequate delivery system for vaccines that may hinder mass immunization of women for the cervical cancer/HPV vaccine." Mr. Kaye went on to state; "The United States healthcare system is not structured adequately to handle the widespread immunization of adolescents and young adults."

About the National Cervical Cancer Coalition

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), founded in 1997, is a grassroots nonprofit organization serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV. The NCCC is the only organization dedicated exclusively to helping women address concerns about cervical health and disease. The group executes its mission to improve women's cervical health outcomes through education, support and advocacy for women and health care providers.

The NCCC supports the nation's first Cervical Cancer Hotline for women and family members who are battling issues related to cervical cancer. In addition, it promotes patient interaction and support though its Phone Pals and E-Pals Programs, which match cervical cancer survivors with other women who are now living with or have experienced similar circumstances. The NCCC raises awareness nationally through a variety of initiatives, including the Cervical Cancer Quilts Project, a traveling exhibit that puts a personal face on the battle against cervical cancer.

To learn more about the NCCC, visit http://www.nccc-online.org.

CONTACT:

National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)

Mrs. Rachel Biety, Communication Manager

rbiety@nccc-online.org

Telephone: (818) 909-3849


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. International study strengthens case for daily calcium pill
2. Yakima Health Care Leader Tapped for Leadership Post at National Association
3. Virginia Tech Report Has National Importance
4. Donate Life America Dispels Myths About Organ & Tissue Donation Among Hispanics During National Hispanic Heritage Month
5. Us TOO Launches National SEA Blue Campaign for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
6. Mettler-Toledo International Inc. Announces Webcast of Presentation at Thomas Weisel Partners 2007 Healthcare Conference
7. National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Largest Insurance Subrogation Association in the World - Announced Today that Leslie Wiernik has Joined the Organization as Director of Education
8. 4-Star Gen. Barry McCaffrey, Former U.S. Drug Czar, to Address National Drug Crisis, Keynote Grand Opening of New Allenwood, PA National Model Detox Center
9. Australian-led international study shows blood pressure drugs cut death rate in type 2 diabetes
10. LCA Hails International Investigators Studying Lung Cancer
11. National Patient Safety Foundation Partners with Vocera Communications
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted from December ... (ISE®) Central Awards. , Awards include the Information Security Executive® of the ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... Meeting through tomorrow, December 6th, sparks a conversation about epilepsy, bearing down on ... in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy within their lifetime. With such ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 ... ... interoperability, today announced that the company will provide alerting technology to Central ... been recently awarded $1.7 million in federal funds as the sole sub-recipient ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... ... December 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Barry M. Weintraub, one ... Surgery, who recently participated in the 36th Annual Cutting Edge Aesthetic Symposium at the ... techniques for getting that perfect, yet natural-looking, nose. Dr. Weintraub, who is world-renowned for ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... , ... December 05, 2016 , ... ... Officer for the Florida Hospital West Florida Region. McGuinness brings experience in executive ... and engaging staff, physicians and leaders. , In her new role, that officially ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/5/2016)... , Dec. 5, 2016  BD (Becton, Dickinson ... global medical technology company, will demonstrate an enhanced technology ... management technologies, including the company,s leading Pyxis™ and Alaris™ ... Pharmacists (ASHP) 2016 Midyear Meeting being held in ... While national data show that approximately 68 ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global ... and Demand Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... , , ... market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during ... witnessing high growth, due to growing female geriatric population and increasing ...
(Date:12/5/2016)... England , December 5, 2016 ... Transitions to Deputy Chairman   ... on selectively targeting deubiquitylating enzymes (DUBs) to treat cancer, neurodegenerative ... has been appointed as non-executive Chairman, effective January 1 st ... of Mission Therapeutics as a non-executive Director in July 2015. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: