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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Sarah Cannon shares what you need to know

Female patient talking to her doctor

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness around risk factors and treatments for cervical cancer. It is also a time to celebrate that the mortality rate for cervical cancer has dropped by 50% in the past 40 years, which is attributed to the widespread use of Pap smears.

“But this doesn’t mean that women should assume that their risk of developing this type of cancer is so low that it isn’t worth worrying about,” says Erika Hamilton, MD, Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute. “As a matter of fact, it was estimated that more than 13,000 women would be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2019 and more than 4,000 women would die from the disease in 2019.”

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Erika Hamilton, MD, Director of the Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, reveals the top five facts you should know about cervical cancer, all designed to help reduce your risk of developing the disease.

READ five key facts that you should know about cervical cancer here.

Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, offers integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in communities across the United States and United Kingdom. Sarah Cannon’s cancer programs include individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, nearly 1,200 stem cell transplants performed annually throughout the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, hundreds of clinical trial options, and molecular profiling capabilities. Sarah Cannon also offers a helpline, askSARAH, so that people with cancer questions can talk to a specially-trained nurse to receive trusted information. Through its services, Sarah Cannon is providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon, visit sarahcannon.com and to reach askSARAH by phone or live chat, visit asksarahnow.com.

About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, is comprised of 186 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Our approximately 275,000 colleagues are connected by a single purpose — to give patients healthier tomorrows.

As an enterprise, we recognize the significant responsibility we have as a leading healthcare provider within each of the communities we serve, as well as the opportunity we have to improve the lives of the patients for whom we are entrusted to care. Through the compassion, knowledge and skill of our caregivers, and our ability to leverage our scale and innovative capabilities, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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