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Cervical Cancer: Early Detection is Your Best Protection

Despite the success of Pap tests, not all women get them regularly. It has been estimated that as many as 80% of deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screening and necessary Did you know that teal is the color that represents cervical cancer awareness?follow-up treatment. All women should be tested for cervical cancer as often as their doctor recommends. More information about cervical cancer...

Last year (January - December 2012) the Buncombe County Department of Health tested 1,942 women for cervical cancer. Of those, 44 were diagnosed with cervical cancer. Not one of those 44 mothers, sisters, wives, or friends died, and the reason is early detection. All these women made the choice to have a pap test.

When detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most treatable cancers. A Pap test offers the best opportunity to detect cervical cancer at an early stage, when successful treatment is likely. The test is quick, simple, and generally painless. Regular Pap tests can detect changes around the cervix before they have a chance to turn into cancer.

To start the year right, women are encouraged to schedule a Pap test with their doctor or clinic to check for cervical cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women, who have been sexually active for at least 3 years or are over the age of 21, talk with their health care provider about getting screened. Cervical Cancer is treatable. Schedule your Pap test today.

Free or Low Cost Services 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) services are available in Buncombe County by calling 250-6006. Women qualify if they are between the ages of 40 - 64 and meet income guidelines (based on income and family size).

Women may also be eligible between the ages 18-40 if they have a history of previous abnormal Pap tests.

Women with little or no insurance are encouraged to call and see if they qualify.