The month of January is dedicated to spreading awareness about cervical cancer. While cervical cancer in children and adolescents is rare, it is still possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is important to take preventative measures and vaccinate girls and boys by the time they are 11 or 12 years of age. A vaccination can help to prevent certain cancers caused by HPV, including cervical cancer.
Prevention Is Key
Cancer prevention is very important, and cervical cancer is highly preventable. The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is very common and infects about 79 million people each year, especially people in their teens and early 20s. HPV can cause cancer, so it is important to get children vaccinated by the time they are 11 or 12 years old. Three shots are required and can be given through the age of 26, at any time.
Cervical cancers start with pre-cancerous cells, so the most important way to prevent cervical cancer from developing is by treating pre-cancers before they turn into cervical cancer, and by preventing pre-cancerous cells from forming in the first place. Here are some steps for preventing pre-cancerous cells and cervical cancer:
Go in for a regular Pap and HPV test.
Avoid contact with HPV, even skin-to-skin contact.
Get vaccinated with Gardasil or Cervarix. Gardasil protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18, and Cervarix protects against 16 and 18. Both vaccines can prevent pre-cancers and cervical cancer.
Donate Your Car To Grant Wishes
Cervical cancer is rare in children, and only about two percent of children and teens will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. However, other types of cancers are very common during childhood, and cervical cancer is always a risk as children develop into teens or adults. To play a part in granting a wish for a child between the age of 2 ½ and 18 who is battling a critical illness, consider donating a car to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish.
When you donate a car to Wheels For Wishes, your vehicle will be recycled and reused or auctioned off to a new owner, and the earned proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish. Plus, you will receive:
Free pick-up or towing of your vehicle, nearly anywhere in the United States.
A great tax deduction at tax time.
An easy and hassle-free donation process.
- A great way to dispose of an unwanted vehicle, running or not.
Donate a car today by calling 1-877-431-9474 or by filling out an online donation form.
Help To Spread Awareness This Month
Cancer can happen to any person at any time, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. Do your part to spread awareness about the importance of cancer prevention this month, and make a difference for a family or friend who may be at risk for developing cervical cancer or any other type of cancer.
Learn more about cervical cancer at cancer.org.