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Cervical Cancer Awareness

Each year, over 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year, and most of these women are hispanic or black. The survival rate is high, but only if it is caught early enough for effective treatment. Most women get cervical cancer because of HPV. Getting the HPV vaccine greatly reduces your risk of developing cervical cancer. The CDC recommends all boys and girls get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, but you can get the vaccine until you are 45 years old. There are two tests that can help detect cervical cancer, Pap tests and HPV tests. Women between the ages of 21 and 65 should be getting tested regularly, and both tests can be performed at the same time. You can get the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening at Planned Parenthood's East Orange Health Center or Zufall Health in West Orange. Merck also offers the HPV vaccine for free for those who meet their criteria. You can get more information on their program here,

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