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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.

The cervical cancer incidence rate in Washington County Maryland is 10.4, well above the Healthy People target of 7.2.

Cervical cancer occurs most often in women over age 30, but all women are at risk.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is responsible for 70% of cervical cancer cases.

Risk factors for cervical cancer include:

  • Smoking.

  • Having HIV or other conditions that effect the immune system.

  • Using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) for more than 5 years.

  • Having given birth to 3 or more children.

  • Having several sexual partners.

Screening and early detection saves lives!

  • Begin regular Pap tests at age 21.

  • Pap test every 3 years until age 65.

  • Pap test with HPV testing at age 30.

Information about cervical cancer screening, diagnosis and other resources are available through the Maryland Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program:

  • 1-800-477-9774

  • This online form.

Washington County Maryland cervical cancer screening, education and treatment programs and resources are available through:

John R. Marsh Cancer Center


Washington County Health Department


Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. is committed to developing and enhancing programs to improve the cervical health or women in Washington County, Maryland.

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