The New Mexico Department of Health is urging residents to educate themselves about, and get screened for, cervical cancer in recognition of January’s distinction as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Everyone with a uterus is susceptible to cervical cancer, however, according to New Mexico DOH, the disease occurs most often in individuals over the age of 30.
No matter a person’s age though, cervical cancer screenings can help detect abnormal or changed cells before they turn into cancer.
In fact, NMDOH said that most deaths from cervical cancer could be prevented by regular screenings and follow-up care.
Screenings are highly effective in detecting abnormal cells in the cervix, rendering the disease easily treatable when caught early.
New Mexicans with low income and little or no insurance, and who are women, may be eligible for free mammograms or cervical cancer screenings.