MT. MORRIS – January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month. Cervical cancer starts in a woman’s cervix. The cervix is the opening of the uterus and connects the uterus to the vagina. Cervical cancer usually starts with changes to the cells on the cervix; if found early, these cells can be removed to prevent cancer. Women ages 21 to 65 years should have regular screening tests for cervical cancer. The Livingston County
Reproductive Health Center offers free or low cost confidential health care to adults and teens; call the Reproductive Health Center at (585) 243-7540 today to schedule an exam.
Most cervical cancers are caused by persistent infection with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is a common virus that can be spread from one person to another during sex. The HPV vaccine can prevent HPV and the cancer caused by HPV and is recommended for girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through 26. Individuals between the ages of 9 and 26 or their parents should talk to their health care provider about the HPV vaccine. The Livingston County Department of Health immunization clinic offers the HPV vaccine. Please call (585) 243-7299 to schedule an appointment.