January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Madison County Health Department is urging parents to make sure their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine. Cervical cancer forms in the tissues of the cervix, and is almost always caused by infection with the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV.
Agency spokesman Amy Yeager tells The Big Z that's why it is so important to be immunized against the virus.
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The vaccine is given over three doses. Yeager says for women that may not have insurance or any other way to pay, the health department offers some help through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. For more information, call the Madison County Health Department at 692-8954 x 2.