The Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition has been recognized as an HPV Champion at the 4th annual Cervical Cancer Awareness Day for
their dedication to promoting HPV prevention, education and increasing Georgia’s HPV vaccination rates.
The Georgia Cancer Control Consortium, HPV Cancer Free Georgia, and The Susan Jolley Awareness Program hosted the event on Thurdsay.
The organizations united to celebrate cervical cancer awareness efforts made throughout 2020. Throughout its 15-county region, the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition hosts education programming that focuses on cervical and breast cancer prevention, as well as HPV awareness and prevention. The coalition also partners with healthcare agencies and community organizations to provide low cost or no cost cancer prevention screenings and vaccinations for patients.
January is recognized Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in Georgia, and women ages 21-74 are encouraged to start the year by talking with their health care providers about scheduling a screening test.
Every year in the United States, approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and about 4,000 women die of the disease. Latinas and African American women are at higher risk for developing and dying from cervical cancer.