WEATHER CANCELLATIONS: 
     - Jan. 17 Prepared Childbirth Class 
     - Jan. 17 Maternity Tour

     - Jan. 17 MOM's Networking Group
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Update: Flu season has begun and the hospital has started to enforce its flu restrictions on the Labor& Delivery and Post-Partum floors of the Women's Hospital. In an effort to keep moms and newborn babies protected from infection, children ages 11 years and younger will not be allowed upstairs to the Labor & Delivery and Post-Partum units. Also, we will not be offering Sibling Tours during the time of the restriction that will be going on from now until February/March of 2018. Thank you for your consideration. 

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Topic of the Month

Topic of the Month: 
Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month! This is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. HPV is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. It is also a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV. Many people with HPV do not know they are infected because the virus can present asymptomatically. And each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

HPV is preventable. There is an HPV vaccine in the form of a shot available. Cervical cancer can often also be prevented with regular screening tests. These tests are commonly called PAP tests. Cervical cancer screening can help detect abnormal cells early before they turn into cancer. 

Symptoms of HPV:

Most people who have a high-risk type of HPV will never show any signs of the infection.

The virus can cause serious health problems such as

  • Genital warts
  • Cervical cancer
  • Penile cancer
  • Anal cancer
  • Vulvar cancer
  • Throat cancer

Prevention of HPV:

  • Vaccination via shot
  • PAP tests
  • HPV test
  • Use condom and/or dental dams during sexual intercourse

Treatments of HPV:

       The infection often clears up on its own, without treatment

       There is no "cure" for HPV; however, a doctor may be able to treat the symptoms

Symptoms of Cervical Cancer:

  • Vaginal bleeding (between periods and after sexual intercourse)
  • Unusual vaginal discharge (watery, pink or foul-smelling discahrge)
  • Pelvic pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Leakage of urine or feces from the vagina

Prevention of Cervical Cancer:

  • PAP test and other cancer screening methods

Treatments of Cervical Cancer:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy 

References:

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
    https://healthfinder.gov/NHO/JanuaryToolkit.aspx
  • How Do I Know If I Have HPV?
    https://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/hpv-genital-warts/hpv-symptoms-tests
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/hpv
  • Cervical Cancer
    https://www.cancercenter.com/cervical-cancer/symptoms/
  • Treating Cervical Cancer
    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/treating.html

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