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FOR RELEASE: January 13, 2005
Women Encouraged to Get Tested for Cervical Cancer
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. As part of this health observance, the Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages all women who have never had a Pap test, and those who have not had a Pap test in five or more years, to contact their healthcare provider and schedule a Pap test today. According to public health officials, it can help save your life.
With routine screening with Pap smears, cervical cancer is almost totally preventable because pre-cancerous conditions are detected and treated. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is ranked 14th in the nation for cervical cancer deaths and each year, 500 women are diagnosed, and approximately 65 women die, from cervical cancer in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends:
The Oklahoma State Department of Health 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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