(KFVS) - The American Cancer Society says January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
The society says this is the perfect time to remind the women you love to schedule their pap test, a simple procedure that can help detect abnormalities before they might develop into cancer. According to ACS, the cervical cancer survival rate has increased to 70 percent because of this test.
ACS says because the HPV vaccine doesn't protect against all of the HPV types that can cause cancer of the cervix, it cannot prevent all cases of cervical cancer. They say this is why it is very important that women continue to have Pap tests, even after they've been vaccinated. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.
The ACS recommends the following guidelines for early detection: