2007-01-26 / Community

Senator Huntley Urges Cervical Cancer Screenings

January is Cervical Cancer Screening month, and to end the month on a healthful note, State Senator Shirley L. Huntley is encouraging women to take advantage of Pap smear screenings.

"With the start of the new year, as many of us make resolutions to improve our lives, January is a perfect time to make an appointment to be screened," Senator Huntley said.

"The ability to detect subtle changes in the cervix before cancer develops, or find early cancer in its most curable stage, is one of the great success stories in women's health."

"Every woman needs to know that cervical screening- an awareness of HPV- are essential tools in the fight against this highly preventable but deadly cancer," Senator Huntley said. "This is especially true for Hispanic women, whose rate of cervical cancer is twice that of white women. Also vulnerable are African-American women, who develop cervical cancer about 50 percent more often than white women."

All women need access to cancer-screening tools," said Huntley, adding that New York's Health Women Partnership Program provides breast and cervical cancer diagnostic and treatment services for women who are low-income, uninsured or underserved."

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