Breast Cancer Awareness month will be upon us shortly. October is an important month about awareness for women in general.  Education and asking your physician the right questions are necessary in this day and age. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure as my mother always said.

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Did you know that the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer when left untreated?  HPV has various strains. They manifest in various ways.The best way to safeguard against contracting is by practicing safe sex always. Vaccinations are also available for young adults and teenagers, most often given to those under the age of 25.

Things you should know about HPV:

  • There is a prevntative vaccine available to females as well as males
  • HPV strains can often clear themselves in people under the age of 21
  • Pap Smears can detect pre-cancerous cells before it turns into cervical cancer
  • In the majority of strains, there are no symptoms
  • Some strains can result in warts in the pelvic region

If you have questions about reproductive health, you can contact the Local Experts at Citizens for Citizens Family Planning in Fall River or Taunton.  All treatment and contact is kept confidential. They also have people on staff who speak Portuguese, Spanish & Creole.