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FULTON COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES PROMOTE CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION
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FULTON COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES PROMOTE CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, an estimated 410 Georgia women were newly diagnosed with cervical cancer in Georgia in 2011.  January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Fulton County Health Services encourages all women to take control of their health by having annual cervical cancer screenings known as Pap tests and to make healthier lifestyle choices.  

If detected and treated early, cervical cancer is 90% curable.  In Georgia, it is estimated that 134 women die of cervical cancer each year. Symptoms of early stage cervical cancer or pre-cancer are not easily identified and often have no signs or symptoms.  Women 21 and older need to have regular Pap tests to monitor cervical health. 

All women who have not had a hysterectomy are at risk of developing cervical cancer.  Many cervical cancer risk factors are linked to lifestyle behaviors.  Risks include: having multiple sexual partners; smoking or a history of smoking; early age of first sexual encounters, being overweight; not using barrier methods of birth control such as condoms; and not getting regular Pap tests.

Cervical cancer is the 12th most common cancer diagnosed in Georgia women.  Early detection through routine screening has reduced cervical cancer to less than one percent of cancer deaths in the United States.  All women under the age of 26 are encouraged to get the HPV vaccine for added protection against cervical cancer and other diseases such as genital warts.  Pelvic examinations, Pap tests and the HPV vaccine are available at health centers for eligible low-income and uninsured women through the BreasTEST & MORE prevention program.

Exams and Pap tests are available at the following Women’s Health Clinics:

Adamsville Health Center, 3699 Bakers Ferry Road, SW, Atlanta, GA 30330 (404) 699-4215

Center Hill Health Center, 3201 Atlanta Industrial Pkwy., SW, Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 699-6370

Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 265 Boulevard, NE, 3rd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 730-5835

College Park Regional Health Center, 1920 John Wesley Ave., Atlanta, GA 30337 (404) 765-4155

Lakewood Health Center, 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 (404) 624-0626

North Fulton Regional Health Center, 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30022 (404) 332-1876

For more information about health screenings and vaccinations, contact one of the Fulton County Women’s Health Clinics at the telephone numbers listed or log-on to www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

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