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January 3, 2022

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January

Cervical Cancer Statistics

Cervical cancer was once considered one of the most common causes of death for American women. The death rate has dropped significantly with the introduction of the HPV vaccine and increased use of the Pap test, which reveals changes in the cervix before cancer develops. The test can also detect early stage cervical cancer, when it is easier to cure. 

  • Cervical cancer often presents a special challenge because symptoms are not always apparent, especially in the earliest stages. Therefore it is highly recommended to begin regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21.
  • The HPV vaccine is a vital tool for preventing cervical cancer since most cervical cancers are caused by the virus. The introduction of the HPV vaccine Gardasil® in 2006 has rendered the vast majority of cervical cancers preventable.
  • Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44. About 20 percent of cervical cancers are diagnosed in women over 65.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2021, 14,480 cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed and that about 4,300 women died from the disease.
  • Treatments may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Sources: American Cancer Society, World Health Organization

How the HPV Vaccine Protects Against Cervical Cancer

ICRF interviews Dr. Rachel A. Katzenellenbogen, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, on the importance of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine.

ICRF Presents: Brilliant Minds Webinar Series

“Targeting Cancer with Vaccines and New Therapies”

In case you missed it, watch the recording of our 2021 “ICRF Presents: Brilliant Minds” webinar for a conversation on cancer, viruses and vaccines featuring ICRF-funded scientist Dr. Uri Ben-David of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at Tel Aviv University and Dr. Mark Israel, ICRF National Executive Director Emeritus and moderated by Dr. Nancy Maizels (Chair, ICRF International Scientific Council) and Sue King (ICRF Trustee and Founding Member, ICRF Women’s Advisory Council).

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