Love Into Action
January — CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION
In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month,
We are proud to support CureCervicalCancer, a nonprofit dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the globe for the women who need it most. Not only will we provide a financial contribution to help further CureCervicalCancer’s efforts, but you can look for more content this month about cervical health and how to prevent, detect, and treat cervical cancer. We encourage you to learn more and consider making a donation.
About CureCervicalCancer’s Mission
Every two minutes, a woman dies of cervical cancer, a disease that is nearly 100% preventable with early vaccination and routine screening. A disproportionate 90% of these deaths occur in resource-poor countries where women lack access to basic healthcare. We refuse to accept this reality and believe that no woman should die from a preventable disease simply due to a lack of access.
The world’s most vulnerable women are unjustly dying from a disease that we have the knowledge and the tools to prevent.
CureCervicalCancer (CCC) is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the world for the women who need it most. CCC targets the world’s most vulnerable women; medically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged women including LGBTQ, indigenous peoples, those with HIV, sex workers and refugees, to bring their communities access to life-saving cervical cancer screening and treatment services. CCC has established 100 sustainable cervical cancer prevention clinics in nine countries. Those have screened more than 145,000 women to date.
Preventing & Treating Cervical Cancer
99% of cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. Four out of five people will have HPV at some point in their life, but most people’s immune systems are able to fight it off without the person ever knowing they have it. However, persistent infection can lead to abnormal cell changes on the cervix, which if left untreated, can develop into cervical cancer. People who are immunocompromised, including those living with HIV or those who smoke, are at an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.
Routine screening is crucial to catch abnormal cells early before they can develop into cervical cancer. Cervical cancer often has no symptoms until it is too late to effectively treat it. The most common signs of invasive cervical cancer are abnormal vaginal bleeding, abnormal discharge, pain during intercourse, and pelvic pain. It is important to consult a healthcare professional if you have any of these signs. Even if you are vaccinated against HPV, you must continue to be screened on a routine basis.