Message from Your Wellness Coordinator
Begin this new year with a healthy lifestyle focused on wellness and well-being. 

It can be challenging to take time from our day to sit and map out goals for the New Year. Establishing short-term and long-term goals can make it easier to carry out your health intentions. 

Remember, your Health Coach can help you along the way! Call 855.667.2546 to chat with your health coach any day of the week!

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about your Hometown Health portal.

All the best, 
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Cervical Cancer Basics

Learn the link between HPV and cervical cancer, how to recognize the symptoms, and how Pap tests can help prevent it.

The cervix is the lower end of a woman's uterus. It connects the uterus and the vagina. Cervical cancer can develop when cells lining the cervix grow in a disorderly fashion. 

This cancer is usually caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. HPV is spread through sexual contact. Most women who are sexually active have been exposed to HPV. In most cases, a woman's body can fight HPV. In some, it can cause cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer can be prevented, and it can be cured if it's found early. But it usually has no symptoms. The only way to detect it is with a Pap test (or smear), a standard screening test for women. Pap tests save lives. Most women who have died of cervical cancer had not had a recent Pap test.

Is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Right for Your Child? 

The cervical cancer vaccine protects against HPV strains that cause most cervical cancer. 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. HPV causes nearly all cervical cancer.

To be most effective, the HPV vaccine should be given before a person becomes sexually active and possibly exposed to HPV. The vaccine should be given at ages 11 or 12. It is now one of the childhood immunizations recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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