Maine CDC Press Release

January 26, 2012

Cancer Screening Highlighted During National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

AUGUSTA – As January has been chosen as National Cervical Cancer Awareness month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (MeCDC) encourages Maine women to schedule a Pap test, especially if it has been five or more years since the last test.

“Regularly scheduled Pap tests are critical in preventing cervical cancer,’’ said Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of the MeCDC. “With the holiday rush over, now may be the perfect time to schedule a test.”

Cervical cancer is usually slow-growing and produces few symptoms. Going for a routine Pap test can make all the difference by helping medical staff spot potentially cancerous cells growing on the cervix, or neck of the womb, before it’s too late, said Dr. Pinette.

Women should check with their doctor to find out if they need a Pap test or other cancer screenings including a mammogram a FIT test (Fecal Immunochemical Test) or a colonoscopy.

For more information about breast, cervical or colorectal cancer or to learn if you qualify for free screening, women should call 1-800-350-5180 and press 1.