Cervical Health Awareness Month is marked every year in January to encourage women to be more attentive to their health. Cervical health is one aspect of health that many women neglect throughout their lives. By becoming more knowledgeable about this, women can detect any health issues at an early stage and get access to the best treatment.
CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH TIMELINE
1886 – British Professor John Williams Discovers Cervical Cancer
Sir John Williams, a Welsh physician, is credited with having discovered cervical cancer, by describing an injury that corresponds to carcinoma in the position of the cervix.
1943 – George Papanicolaou and Herbert Traut
Papanicolaou and Traut publish their landmark work “Diagnosis of Uterine Cancer by the Virginal Smear,” which revolutionized early detection of cancer.
1976 – H.P.V. DNA in Cervical Cancer
Harald zur Hausen uncovers H.P.V. DNA in cervical cancer and genital warts, and this discovery later earns him a Nobel Prize.
2006 – H.P.V. Vaccines are Introduced in the U.S.
The United States F.D.A. approves Gardasil (H.P.V.4).
WHY CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IS IMPORTANT
1. It encourages women to take care of their cervical health
It creates awareness about and motivates women to take care of their cervical health. Women get more familiar with the benefits of lifestyle changes and the importance of those fruits and vegetables that are rich in folate and vitamin A to prevent cervical cancer.
2. It creates awareness about H.P.V.
This day is equally important for males and females. The Human Papillomavirus is an infection that can occur in both men and women. And this month is also used to create awareness about H.P.V. and its treatment. Since there is no cure for the H.P.V. virus, people are informed about the vaccines for H.P.V. and effective treatments to assuage the effect in carriers.
3. Cervix screenings are conducted for young girls
Females are encouraged to get a pap smear even if they are not experiencing any signs or symptoms of cervical cancer. Moreover, special programs are conducted for high school students to highlight the importance of H.P.V. vaccines. The entire purpose and procedure of a Pap smear are also explained in detail.
It is crucial to be aware of your bodies and its vulnerabilities for prevention and better health.