Senator Klein Urges Women To Protect Themselves Against Cervical Cancer

 

NY-State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) today encouraged every woman to take advantage of Pap smear screening which tests for cancer of the cervix. January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month.

By age 50, at least 80 percent of American women will have acquired a strain of the HPV virus. Since the virus typically doesn’t present symptoms women are often unaware that they are infected. In some cases the body's immune system clears the infection but certain types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer.

New York's Healthy Women Partnership Program provides breast and cervical cancer diagnostic and treatment services for women who are low-income, uninsured, or under-served. To learn more about program eligibility, call Cancer Information Services at 1-800-422-6237 and ask for a contact name and phone number for your county or borough. You can also get information by visiting the state Health Department website at www.health.state.ny.us.