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Posted on: January 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Prevent Cervical Cancer: January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Jefferson County, CO — Join the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention in recognition of 2017 Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer can be prevented with vaccination, regular screening tests and follow-up care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 81% of new cases of cervical cancer can be prevented each year by HPV vaccination. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys at 11-12 years of age so they are protected before ever being exposed to the virus. HPV vaccine also produces a more robust immune response during the preteen years. Teens and young adults who haven’t received the HPV vaccine can be vaccinated as well!

The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention is a regional collaborative working to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates across five counties in the Denver metropolitan area. Members include Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Tri-County Health Department, the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, and the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science. The project is funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Amendment 35 grant program to address cancer, childhood obesity, and tobacco use and exposure in and around the Denver metro area. For more information, please visit

HPV vaccination is one important prevention strategy for reducing rates of cervical cancer. Another important strategy is screening. The CDC recommends women between the ages of 21 and 65 be regularly screened for cervical cancer. 

There are two screenings/tests that can help prevent cervical cancer or detect it early:

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, which are cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
  • The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.

Public health professionals recommend women start getting Pap tests regularly at age 21. If you are 30 years of age or older, you may choose to have an HPV test along with the Pap test. Both tests can be performed by your healthcare provider at the same time. If you have questions or would like to schedule a Pap test or an HPV vaccination, call the JCPH clinic at

Help prevent cancer by talking to your healthcare provider about HPV vaccination and cancer screenings. 

For more information:

Healthcare Providers are encouraged to visit the HPV healthcare professionals web page to access resources, including fact sheets, recent news, resources on talking to parents, and information on ordering educational materials. There is also additional information on the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention and opportunity to participate in practice intervention initiatives. 

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