(Hendersonville, NC) Each year more than 12,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 4,000 of those women die from the condition. Almost all cervical cancer deaths could be prevented by a combination of routine Pap tests and appropriate follow-up of abnormal screening results.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to encouraging women to take action and protect themselves in the New Year. The start of a new year is the time that 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 an important part of a woman’s health care routine, yet one that many overlook. It is important to remember that cervical cancer is a preventable disease.
Ways to Prevent Cervical Cancer:
- Talk to your health care provider about screening for human papillomavirus (HPV) and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Get regular Pap tests.
- If you smoke, contact the QuitlineNC (1-800-784-8669) for resources to help you quit.
Blue Ridge Community Health Services (BRCHS) offers no-cost pap test and cervical health education to eligible women through the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). If you are a woman that is over age 21 and would like to schedule a Pap test, please ask your health care provider or call 692-4289 to make an appointment at BRCHS today. To learn more about the NC BCCCP in your area, visit www.ccresourcedirectory.org/ for a list of resources.
BRCHS has been serving Hendersonville and the surrounding communities for 50 years in an effort to provide high quality and affordable medical, dental and mental health care as well as promote health awareness/education. Services are conveniently located in Hendersonville at 2579 Chimney Rock Road (the corner of US 64 East and Howard Gap Road); in Brevard at 89 Hospital Drive, Suite B (just before the hospital); and in four Henderson County Public Schools – Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Hillandale Elementary, Apple Valley Middle and North Henderson High School. If you would like more information about BRCHS services, call 692-4289 ext. 2509; write to BRCHS at P. O. Box 5151, Hendersonville, NC 28793; or online at www.brchs.com or www.facebook.com/BRCHS.