January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Madison County Health Department is taking time throughout the month to highlight the importance of early detection. 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United States and if caught early enough, the disease is 100% curable.

However, more than 4,000 women die each year from the disease because they can’t afford the screenings and tests used to diagnose the disease. Madison County Health Department Educator Lisa Modrusic says that shouldn’t be an excuse moving forward.

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Modrusic says there is also a vaccine that will prevent cervical cancer. The immunization protects against the most common strains of Human Papilloma Virus, which has been identified as the cause of most cases of cervical cancer.

For more information on the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program or assistance applying with insurance you can contact the Madison County Health Department by calling 692-8954 or follow the link provided on this story at AltonDailyNews.com


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