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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2013
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City of Pittsburgh Proclaims January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Councilman Dan Gilman presents Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania with a City Proclamation recognizing the month of January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Councilman Dan Gilman presented Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania with a City Proclamation on Tuesday, January 21st announcing January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Pittsburgh. The proclamation recognizes the importance of awareness and prevention in combating the disease that affects 12,000 American women annually. This was Councilman Gilman's first sponsored proclamation as City Councilman.
“Cervical cancer is preventable through vaccines and screening tests. PPWP is here to provide access to affordable and high-quality healthcare to all women in Western Pennsylvania—no matter what.” said Kim Evert, CEO of PPWP. Evert accepted the proclamation on behalf of PPWP.
Cervical cancer is frequently caused by certain types of HPV, or human papillomavirus, a very common sexually transmitted infection. About 12,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease each year, making it the second most common type of cancer affecting American women. Also more likely to die from the disease, Latinas and African-American women have higher rates of cervical cancer than other groups.
Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania is encouraging all women during Cervical Cancer Awareness month to take the necessary steps to reducing their chances of getting cervical cancer by obtaining regular Pap smears, getting vaccinated against HPV, and not smoking. Last year, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 4.5 million STI tests and treatments and nearly 500,000 pap tests last year, identifying nearly 75,000 women at risk of developing cervical cancer.
Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, one of three affiliates in the state, operates 7 health centers and serves 12 counties in Western PA. PPWP provides comprehensive and complementary health care to those in need of services; disseminates information about human sexuality and the need for family planning and responsible parenthood; and advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. An active, valuable, and trusted part of the community for over 90 years, PPWP serves over 24,000 patients annually and reaches over 28,000 people annually through its comprehensive sexual education programs. For more about PPWP visit www.ppwp.org.