|CLUW's Cervical Cancer Awareness Program|
Preventing Cervical Cancer: What you need to know
The Coalition of Labor Union Women participated in a July 14, 2009 briefing on cervical cancer prevention, the second of two events focusing on sexually transmitted infections hosted by the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), the American Social Health Association, and the National Partnership for Women and Families. Funded by a grant from HHS, Office of Women's Health, the briefings' primary audience was NCWO member organizations (CLUW being one) — particularly those able to get this information out to young women of color.
The event was moderated by Marilyn Keefe of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Carolyn Jacobson, Director of Cervical Cancer Prevention Works, Coalition of Labor Union.
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Cervical Cancer Prevention Works (CCPW) is the name of CLUW's cervical cancer awareness project. The project's mission is to empower union women by providing them with information on how to prevent this deadly disease. CLUW's CCPW is funded by Qiagen, one of the companies which makes an FDA-approved test for HPV (the virus that causes 96 percent of cervical cancer cases).
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HPV vaccines are now available for girls and women ages 9-26. Although the vaccines will help prevent many HPV infections, screening will still be needed to prevent cervical cancer.
View CDC podcast to help find out more about the two HPV vaccines that are available and why boys should consider getting the vaccine.
CLUW's commitment to eliminating Cervical Cancer
In April 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new screening test to help determine which women age 30 and over are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. This screening method uses a DNA test to detect human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, in combination with a Pap test. The DNA test identifies the 13 types of HPV most commonly associated with cervical cancer.
At its March 2003 National Executive Board meeting, CLUW adopted a resolution of support of FDA approval of annual HPV screening for all women 30 and over. CLUW urges all unions to:
In addition to its own new cervical cancer awareness program -- Cervical Cancer Prevention Works -- CLUW is actively working with public education programs to get this information out.
Protect yourself against cervical cancer!
Facts About Cervical Cancer and HPV
Quick Facts about Cervical Cancer and HPV
How do I get screened?
Because cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is to get screened by your healthcare provider.
There are two types of tests that can be used:
1. Pap Test (also known as Pap Smear): A Pap test looks for cell changes in your cervix that may lead to Cervical Cancer. Liquid-based Pap Tests are better at finding early cell changes than the traditional Pap Smear.
2. HPV Test: Used to find out if you have HPV, an HPV Test can let you and your health care provider know your risk of developing Cervical Cancer. An HPV Test can be used with a Pap Test in women 30 and older or as a follow-up to inconclusive Pap Test results in women under 30.
How do I know which test I need?
If you are younger than 30, get regular Pap Tests starting at age 21 or 3 years after you first have sex (whichever comes first). If you are 30 or older, you should ask for an HPV Test along with your Pap test.
Does my insurance cover the HPV test?
HPV Testing is covered by the majority of regional and national insurance plans. Currently more than 200 million Americans have access to HPV Testing, including participants in 46 state Medicaid programs and the District of Columbia.
For specific information about your benefits, check with the Member Services department of your health plan before asking for the test.
If you have insurance-related questions before or after the HPV Test call the HPV Patient Help Hotline toll-free at 1-866-895-1HPV 866.895.1478.
What should older women know?