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FOR RELEASE: January 6, 2004
Health Officials Encourage Women to Test for Cervical Cancer
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages all women who have never had a Pap test, and those who have not had a Pap test in several years, to contact their healthcare provider and schedule a Pap test today. It can help save your life, according to health officials.
With routine screening with Pap smears, cervical cancer is almost totally preventable because pre-cancerous conditions are detected and treated. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is ranked 9th in the nation for cervical cancer deaths and each year in Oklahoma, 500 women are diagnosed, and approximately 65 women die from cervical cancer.
The OSDH recommends:
The OSDH Take Charge! Program is offering a free Pap smear to Oklahoma women that meet the following guidelines:
To see if you qualify for the program and to schedule an appointment, call your local county health department. Visit this Web site to locate the contact information for the health department nearest you at http://www.health.state.ok.us/program/cds/breastcervical.html.
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