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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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According to educators at the Broome County Health Department, 7 out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed each year with cervical cancer.

Since January is Cervical Health Awareness Month educators say that getting a regular pap smear could prevent cervical cancer.
Experts say the pap test can detect changes to cervical cells before they turn cancerous and can be treated. They recommend that women 18 and older get a pap test every three years.

Public Health Educator Carrie Horton said, "This is something, if it's a preventable cancer then we encourage women to do everything they can to have the screening test that could save their life ultimately."

According to the Broome County Health Department, the pap test has reduced cervical cancer rates by more than 70%.