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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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.