MIDDLESEX COUNTY — During Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Middlesex County Cancer Coalition are offering four educational sessions from Jan. 17 – 25 at the following locations:
- Jan. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway
- Jan. 18 from noon – 2 p.m. at Carteret Public Library, 100 Cooke Avenue, Carteret
- Jan. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. at New Brunswick Counseling Center, 320 Suydam Street, New Brunswick
- Jan. 25 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Robert N. Wilentz School, 51 First Street, Perth Amboy
Health educational materials will be available at each session. Information will be provided in Spanish during the New Brunswick and Perth Amboy sessions.
H. James Polos, Freeholder Chairperson, Committee of Public Safety and Health stated, “Preventative screenings and vaccinations are essential things you can do for your health. The Middlesex County Office of Health Services provides screening and vaccination services for residents with limited or no health insurance through the Middlesex County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program and Public Health Clinic.”
“We always encourage residents to take advantage of our health services to ensure the safety and wellbeing of themselves and their families,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano.
Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV (Human papillomavirus) and most often occurs in women over age 30. Each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result.
Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services stated, “Cervical cancer is a preventable disease. It is important to educate yourself and loved ones about this disease, to encourage women to contact their health care provider to schedule a Pap test, and for both men and women to receive the HPV vaccine if you are between the ages of 9-26 years old.”
Women age 18 and over may qualify for a free cervical cancer screening through the Middlesex County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program. For an appointment call 1-732-745-3127. Spanish speaking individuals can call 1-732-745-3107.
Individuals interested in receiving the HPV vaccine can call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services Public Health Clinic at 1-732-565-3788 for eligibility and to schedule an appointment.
All women are at risk for cervical cancer. To reduce the risk of cervical cancer remember to vaccinate early, get your Pap test regularly, and have an HPV test when recommended by your healthcare provider.
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