You have the ability to prevent cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties wants to raise awareness that there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer.

One way is through regular screening. Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts. These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it is most easily treated.

The Cancer Services Program can help you get screened for cervical cancer, even if you do not have insurance. We offer free cervical cancer screening to eligible uninsured women, age 40 or older. Our program also provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible New York state residents. Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) today to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.

If you have insurance, talk to your doctor about cervical cancer screening. It is a covered service under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health.

Another way to prevent cervical cancer is by being vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV). Research has shown that most cervical cancers are caused by HPV. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through age 26. Ask your health care provider for more details.

Wouldn’t you want to try to prevent cancer if you could? You can. Contact the Cancer Services Program in your county at (518) 770-6814 for more information.