JANUARY IS
CERVICAL HEALTH
AWARENESS MONTH

Did you know?

Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV.

For most people, HPV clears on its own. But for others who don't clear the virus, HPV can lead to certain diseases, like cervical cancer, as well as vaginal, vulvar and anal cancer and genital warts.

HPV often has no visible signs or symptoms, so many people are not even aware that they have it. That means someone can pass on the virus without knowing it.

IN THE U.S.

THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 12,900 NEW CERVICAL CANCER CASES EACH YEAR

AN ESTIMATED 35 WOMEN ARE DIAGNOSED EACH DAY

HALF OF NEW GENITAL HPV INFECTIONS EACH YEAR OCCUR IN PEOPLE AGES 15-24

WORLDWIDE

CERVICAL CANCER IS THE FOURTH MOST FREQUENT CANCER IN WOMEN

AN ESTIMATED 528,000 CERVICAL CANCER CASES ARE DIAGNOSED GLOBALLY EACH YEAR; MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF THE CASES OCCUR IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, IT IS OFTEN THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF CANCER-RELATED DEATH AMONG WOMEN

See how one woman's unexpected diagnosis of cervical cancer affected her and her family


See stories from more women on the HPV Stories YouTube Page

MEN CAN BE AFFECTED BY HPV-RELATED CANCER AND DISEASES, TOO.

Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the connection between HPV and cervical cancer, as well as other HPV-related diseases – some of which can affect men as well as women:

HPV-RELATED GENITAL WARTS AND ANAL CANCER CAN AFFECT
BOTH MALES
AND FEMALES

TREATMENT OF GENITAL WARTS CAN BE PAINFUL, AND THEY MAY RECUR AFTER TREATMENT, ESPECIALLY IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS

OVERALL RATES OF ANAL CANCER HAVE BEEN INCREASING IN THE U.S.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HPV AND WAYS TO HELP PREVENT THE DISEASES AND CANCERS IT MAY CAUSE:

Speak with your doctor | Visit CDC.gov