For Immediate Release
December 29, 2016; 10:20am
DPHSS Release No. 2017-019
January 2017: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation Signing
The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Guam Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in collaboration and partnership with the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition, Guam Cancer Care, American Cancer Society, Guam Nurses Association, University of Guam, Guam Cancer Research Center, Marianas Physician Group, United Airlines, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium is hosting the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation Signing on Friday, January 6, 2017, 3:00 p.m at the Adelup Large Conference Room.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage women across the nation to get screened for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is preventable and treatable especially if it is detected early through regular screenings and appropriate follow-up care. Each year in the United States, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. At one point in time, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer deaths; but with the increased use of Pap tests over the last 30 years, cervical cancer death rates have gone down nationally by more than 50%. Guam data from the 2008-2012 Cancer Facts and Figures shows that the incidence rate is 35.8 per 100,000 and with a mortality rate of 2.5 per 100,000. Micronesians residing in Guam have the highest incidence rate at 42.4, followed by Chamorros at 25.1 and Caucasians at 24.4.
Moreover, 79 million Americans are currently infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and many do not know that they are infected. HPV is a virus that causes cervical cancer. This event is also an opportunity to promote the importance of getting vaccinated for HPV as appropriate. Data from the Guam Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that Guam youth are at high risk for sexually transmitted infections such as HPV and also have a lower rate of Pap test screenings.
In line with this proclamation, we encourage everyone to join and participate in the several activities outlined in the CCAM calendar of events which will be disseminated to all our partners.
For more information for this event, please contact Ms. Arlie F. Bonto at 735-0672 or Rachel Ramirez at 735-0675.