January is Cervical Health Awareness Month Good Shepherd Encourages Women to Have Pap Test During 2017 January 3, 2017

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center has joined a national campaign to urge every woman to make her health a New Year’s resolution.

Each year nearly 13,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. Screening tests (Pap tests and, when appropriate, HPV tests) and vaccines exist that could essentially eliminate the disease, but are not always used despite provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that require insurance plans to cover cervical cancer screening tests to women and HPV vaccines.

“Early detection of cervical cancer gives patients the best chance for successful treatment. In addition to finding cancer, a Pap smear can also identify cells that could indicate an increased risk of cancer in the future,” said Good Shepherd Medical Associates OB/GYN Dr. Graham Weaver, of the Good Shepherd Center for Women’s Health.

Good Shepherd Medical Associates OB/GYN Dr. James Dozier, another provider at the Center for Women’s Health, stressed the routine nature of the screening.

“A Pap test produces very minimal if any discomfort and takes only a few minutes. This simple but possibly life-saving screening can be done in any OB/GYN office,” Dozier said. Widely available Pap testing in the United States has been critical to creating a sizeable reduction in both the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer. Incidence rates fell from 5.55 per 100,000 women in 1975 to 2.3 per 100,000 women in 2012 and incidence of the disease dropped from 14.79 to 5.6 per 100,000 women over the same time period, according to the American Sexual Health Association and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.

For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please call the Good Shepherd Center for Women’s Health at (903) 315-5733.

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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center is the area’s preferred hospital with a strong history and reputation for providing high quality, compassionate medical care. Established in 1935, Good Shepherd is a non-profit, full service, acute-care, 425-bed regional referral center featuring a Level III Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Level IIIa Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and 24/7 neurosurgery and cardiac cath lab services.