January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) wants to help protect its residents from Cervical Cancer, one of the leading preventable cancers diagnosed in Georgia women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, the latest year for which incidence data are available, 12,984 new cases of Cervical Cancer were reported, and 4,188 women died of Cervical Cancer in the United States. For every 100,000 women, 8 new Cervical Cancer cases were reported and 2 died of cancer.

“Women in Cobb and Douglas counties are at risk of developing cervical cancer because they aren’t getting Pap Tests at the recommended rate of every three years after the age of 21,” said Dawn Krahwinkel, Deputy Director, Clinical Services for CDPH.

CDPH offers Pap Tests and screenings, many of which are offered to women at little to no cost (depending on income) through the CDPH Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention (BCCP) program.

For more information about the BCCP program at CDPH, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org/ or call 770-514-2300.