Pap tests urged by health officials

Published 2:23 am Wednesday, January 10, 2007

By Staff
special to the standard
Cervical cancer goes practically unnoticed in its early stages. That is the reason it is so important to stay ahead of the game.
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection (ABCCEDP), along with the Alabama Department of Public Health, urges everyone to get a pap test. A pap test is the best way to find cervical cancer early, and it can even find abnormal cells before they become cancer. A woman should begin having pap tests at the age of 21 or three years after beginning sexual intercourse.
Getting a pap test on a regular basis could save a woman's life. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit
To find out if a free cervical cancer screening through the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detention Program, call 1-877-252-3324.

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