Get Screened: January Is Cervical Health Awareness Month Each year approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer; of those, roughly 500 are Illinoisans. CDC reports that half of the cervical cancers occurred among women who are rarely or never screened for cervical cancer. Although cervical cancer usually grows slowly, it can be detected with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope).
With routine screening, cervical cancer is highly preventable, and yet more than 4000 women were estimated to have lost their lives to cervical cancer in 2015. In addition to routine screening, women, adolescent girls, boys, and their parents are encouraged to ask their health care provider about HPV vaccines, which are highly effective at preventing certain forms of HPV.” Cervical cancer is almost always caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Southern Seven's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) provides free cervical cancer screenings, pelvic exams, diagnostic services, and referrals to uninsured and under insured Illinois women 35 years and older, regardless of income. In 2015, IBCCP identified 290 cervical abnormalities with 16 cervical cancers, and, over the past five years, identified 170 cases of cervical cancer.
For more information regarding routine cervical cancer screenings, HPV vaccines, and S7HD's BCCP, contact the S7HD Clinic nearest you.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT! Flu shots are still available at S7HD. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications. Call your localS7HD Clinic for an appointment, or call Cheryl Manus at (618) 634-2297, to have flu shots done at your location or event!
Learn About Risk From Radon
You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family. Click here to learn more about testing your home, including how to obtain an easy-to-use test kit, or call Tracy Walker, Environmental Health/Emergency Preparedness Director at (618) 634-2297, ext. 110.