Cervical Health Awareness Month

09/04/2024 | B MANOGNA REDDY

Cervical Health Awareness Month:

Cervical Health Awareness Month is observed every January to raise awareness about cervical cancer, its prevention, and the importance of early detection through screening. Cervical cancer is a significant global health issue, but it is also one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer when detected early. It is very essential to create awareness about cervical cancer and HPV vaccination amongst the patients, nursing officers, MBBS Students, and various other health care professionals.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Theme for 2024 cervical health awareness month:

The theme for 2024 Cervical Health Awareness Month is “Learn, Prevent, Screen”. The theme emphasizes the necessity of educating people with knowledge about minimizing cervical cancer risks and the life-saving importance of regular screenings.

Previous year's themes:

Cervical cancer is the sixth most common cancer among women in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. In 2020, approximately 89 800 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the Region while over fifty thousand women succumbed to cervical carcinoma.

Aim of the day:

WHO and its collaborators have January designated as the month to acknowledge cervical cancer, an opportunity for them to enlighten people concerning it and immunization against human papillomavirus (HPV), a major cause of this type of cancer. Cervical cancer is something we can stop in a few generations.

This year’s Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is focusing on increasing access to HPV vaccines, regular screening and modern treatment for early stage cervical cancers. We are committed to reducing the incidence of cervical cancer by 2030 and achieving its elimination as a public health problem by 2120.

Importance of the day:

At different times in January, organizations, healthcare providers and advocacy groups work together to sensitize people on factors behind cervical cancer its symptoms and measures of prevention such as the HPV vaccine which prevents most cases of cervical cancer by guarding against the common strains of HPV that cause it. Moreover, practices that involve screening for cancers in the cervix such as Pap tests and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests are promoted as essential tools for early detection and prevention.

This whole-month observation provides a time to motivate girls to make normal appointments for cervical cancer test and ensure they can get this important health services. Also, this program seeks to lower stigmatization related to issues on women’s health in line with cervical cancer; thus promoting open communication about available means of preventing it.

During Cervical Health Awareness Month, there are a variety of events, educational initiatives and outreach efforts designed to help individuals take control over their own cervical health while advocating for policies aimed at reducing rates of cervical cancer through prevention and increasing access to care. By improving public awareness and encouraging preventive measures, the aim is to cut down on incidence rates of cervical cancer thereby saving lives.

Last modified on 09/04/2024

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