The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging women to talk to their doctors about cervical cancer screenings.  Public Health spokesperson Shelia Porter says cervical cancer is treatable if caught early, so women should start getting a regular PAP test at age 21.

And since cervical cancer is most often caused by Human Papilloma Virus infection, parents of pre-teens and teenagers should talk to their doctors about the HPV vaccine.

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The state offers free cancer screenings to women between the ages of 35 and 64 with no insurance or not enough insurance.  Click on the link below for more details.


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