Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cases of and deaths from cervical cancer has decreased significantly. This decline is largely the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical pre-cancer before it evolves into cancer.
Did you know?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 12,900 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in 2015.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends getting regular Pap tests beginning at age 21.
HPV is short for human papilloma virus. Certain types, called high-risk, have been linked to cervical cancer, as well as other cancers in both men and women.
Experts recommend that all females between the ages of 9 and 26 get an HPV vaccine. About half of all new infections are diagnosed in girls and young women between 15 and 24 years of age.
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The routine gynecological exam, covered at 100% under your Pearson benefits, includes a yearly Pap test.
Share with your doctor if there is a family history of cervical cancer. The ACS explains that, if your mother or sister had cervical cancer, your chances of developing the disease are 2 to 3 times higher.
If you receive a diagnosis of any form of cancer, take advantage of Guided Patient Support or GPS, offered free through Pearson Benefits. A physician-led research team will provide you with trusted, current, and personalized materials which help you make an informed decision about treatment.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you and your family members deal with the emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis. To access the EAP call 1-800-593-4138 or visit (Employer ID: Pearson).
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Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help to boost HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It's great for light but substantial meals, and you can eat it in a wide variety of ways. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish a week, particularly fatty fish like salmon. Enjoy this recipe from the American Heart Association website.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control; National Cervical Cancer Coalition; American Heart Association; American Cancer Society;
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