Dr. Williams-Brown says while 12,000 is a large number, it is important to note that cervical pre-cancers are diagnosed far more often than invasive cervical cancer thanks to the Pap Smear test that screens for cancerous cells on the cervix.This test can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops and in the early stages of the cancer.
As preventable as it may be, an estimated 220 Maryland women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 70 will die from the disease in 2018. The HPV screening is almost twice as effective as the Pap Smear test in detecting early cervical cancer.
To find out more about the cancer screening services provided, women can call the Harford County Health Department at 410-612-1780. It is a covered service under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health. The CSP can help close the screening gap for women without insurance.
If you have insurance, talk to your doctor about cervical cancer screening.
Some women are at higher risk for cervical cancer. Regular screening is key to preventing cervical cancer or finding it early, when treatment is most effective.
Another way to prevent cervical cancer is by being vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
In addition to cervical cancer screening, the CSP also provides free breast and colorectal cancer screening to eligible New York State residents.
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