Press Release No. 2019-026
January 2019: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
The Department of Public Health and Social Services Guam Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, in partnership with the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition, is hosting the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation Signing on Friday, January 11, 2019, 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, which is preventable and treatable especially if it is detected early through regular screenings and appropriate follow-up care. It is also to raise awareness of Human papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection that causes 70% of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions (HPV types 16 & 18), and the importance of getting vaccinated.
The most recent 2015 U.S. incidence data shows that 12,845 cases of cervical cancer were reported and that 4,175 women lost their lives. Guam cancer data from 2007-2015 showed that there were 62 newly diagnosed cases of invasive cervical cancer and 18 women with cervical cancer died.
In the past, cervical cancer was one of the most common causes of cancer deaths in women; but with the increased use of Pap smears over the past 40 years, cervical cancer death rates have been reduced nationally by more than 50%.
We encourage everyone to join and participate in the several activities outlined in the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) calendar of events.
For more information about this event, please contact Ms. Rachel Ramirez at 735-0675.
Linda Unpingco DeNorcey, MPH
Acting Director, DPHSS