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Free Cervical Cancer Screening to Take Place on January 14

The American Cancer Society reports the troubling fact that “between 60 and 80 percent of American women with newly diagnosed invasive cervical cancer have not had a Pap smear in the past five years and may have never had one.” The National Cervical Cancer Coalition notes that recent studies have demonstrated a disproportionate number of cervical cancer cases in Latina women, Asian-Americans, African Americans, older women, and recent immigrants. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition has announced a campaign to offer free Pap smears on January 14 to women who have not been tested in three years or more. Backed by the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Office of Population Affairs, the campaign is part of National Cervical Health Awareness Month and targets at-risk groups.

For more information, call (818)909-3849 or email ncccak@nccc-online.org

Sources:

The Kaiser Reproductive Health Report and National Cervical Cancer Coalition - January 11, 2000

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