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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The start of a new year is a good time to make a resolution to prioritize preventive health care. For most women that should include routine screenings for cervical cancer, a common form of cancer that can be prevented through vaccination and regular screenings.
Shelby County Health Department urges all Shelby County women to seek out cervical cancer screenings. “We know many people have fallen behind on regular health screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Shelby County Health Director Dr. Michelle Taylor. “The start of a new year is the perfect time to prioritize your health and make an appointment for a screening or an HPV vaccination, if indicated. The Shelby County Health Department can help provide both of those services that are crucial for good health.”
Screening and Testing for Women
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends a Pap smear screening for cervical cancer and testing for HPV every three years for women ages 21 through 65. Women who want to be screened less frequently can opt for high-risk HPV testing every five years.
The Shelby County Health Department assists qualified uninsured and underinsured Tennessee women to access screening through the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (TBCSP). For more information on TBCSP including eligibility requirement, call 901-545-8720, visit www. https://www.shelbytnhealth.com/267/Tennessee-Breast-Cervical-Cancer-Program.
Additionally, Shelby County Health Department’s Family Planning/Reproductive Health Program offers cervical cancer screenings to eligible patients. For more information about Family Planning services, please call 901-222-9527.
HPV Preventive Vaccinations
The HPV vaccine can prevent infection with the HPV virus and actually prevent cervical cancer. HPV vaccination is provided as a two- or three-dose series. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for both males and females between the ages of 11 and 12. However, the vaccination can be given from age nine to 26 in both males and females. To make an appointment for HPV vaccination, please contact the Health Department’s appointment line at 901-222-9980.
For more information about Shelby County Health Department’s programs and services, visit our website: https://www.shelbytnhealth.com/.