Cervical cancer is the most preventable of all female cancers.
However, Hispanic women have the highest rates of cervical cancer in the United States.
Of every 100,000 U.S. women, about 11 Hispanic women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, compared to only seven non-Hispanic women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The good news is that cervical cancer can be prevented through vaccination.
CDC recommends girls and boys receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, which can help prevent cervical and other cancers in men and women caused by HPV, a virus so common that nearly every person who is sexually active will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
CDC also recommends adult women see their doctor regularly for a Pap test and any necessary follow-up treatment.
What are other ways to reduce your risk of cervical cancer?
For Minority Health Awareness Month, be sure to read more in English or Spanish from the CDC, or check out this inspiring video in English or Spanish on vaccination from the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.