Prescription for Health: Cervical Cancer Awareness
LSWI3517 - January 6, 2012
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and Dr. Rani Whitfield will join us to talk about the warning signs and help that’s available.
Cervical Cancer Awareness
Cervical cancer is the second leading cancer killer of women worldwide. Thirteen thousand (13,000) women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011.
In Louisiana (2002-2006) one thousand one hundred (1,100) women were diagnosed with cervical cancer. Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer.
Chances of cervical cancer increase with immune problems, the use of cortico-steroids, or the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV).
HPV doesn’t have any symptoms. Regular Pap Smear tests can reduce deaths from cervical cancer. Tests should begin at age 21 or 3 years after the start of sexual activity.
Early detection is key. Cervical cancer has a high survival rate once detected. It can be invasive and it can kill.
Dr. Whitfield’s tips for healthy living in 2012:
1) Know your doctor – Make an anniversary month to visit your physician every year
2) Know your numbers – Know your blood pressure, cholesterol, height, weight, body mass index (BMI). Collect and track info.
3) Know your family history – Know any significant health issues in your family and your family’s history.
4) Eat healthy – Eat right proportions and right foods.
5) Exercise – Try to get 30 minutes cumulative of exercise each day. The best exercise is the one you like to do. Consistency and variety are good. Set small, achievable goals.
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