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Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center Raises Awareness During January National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted on: 01/05/2011

The United States Congress recently designated January as Cervical Health Awareness Month.  In recognition of this important health observance, The Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center at Olean General Hospital (OGH), a premiere affiliate site of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, is highlighting issues related to cervical cancer, the human papilloma virus (HPV) and the importance of early detection.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, doctors diagnosed approximately 11,300 new cases of invasive cervical cancer in the Untied States in 2009 and it is estimated about 4,100 women will die of the disease. Cervical cancer is 100 percent preventable and curable if it is detected early.  Mortality from cervical cancer has declined significantly over the last 20 to 30 years.

 

While cervical cancer rates are higher among older women, cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), the precursor lesion to cervical cancer, most often occurs among younger women. Screening younger women using the Papanicolaou (Pap) test is an important strategy for prevention of the disease.

 

“It is very important that women remember to visit their physician for regular Pap tests and HPV screenings annually or when recommended by their doctor,” said Gregory Hare, MD, Radiation Oncologist at The Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center at Olean General Hospital. “Early detection saves lives.”

 

Studies that have identified risk factors associated with cervical cancer have also shown that the disease is closely linked to:

 

  • failure to receive regular Pap test screening
  • certain sexual behaviors
  • immunosuppressive disorders such as HIV/AIDS
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States

 

Patients are encouraged to talk to a doctor or health care provider about cervical cancer education, risk factors, vaccine questions, symptoms and early detection.

 

Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System.  For more information about National Cervical Health Awareness Month visit www.nccc-online.org or www.ogh.org.

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