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It's Cervical Health Awareness Month — schedule your screening test today.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) wants to raise awareness by educating women on issues related to cervical cancer and the importance of early detection.

According to the NCCC, cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women. Most women are diagnosed with cervical cancer between 35 and 55 years of age. The good news is that it's preventable through early detection.

Schedule your Pap test today

The most common cervical cancer screening is the Pap test that looks for abnormal cells on the cervix that cannot be seen with the naked eye. If abnormal cells are found, they can be removed before cancer develops.

It's important for women to schedule Pap tests as recommended by their physician for early detection. Women between the ages of 21 to 65 who are not at high risk for cervical cancer should have a Pap test performed every three years.

Additional health and wellness information

If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website. Here you will find more information about cervical cancer. To access the website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab. Type "cervical cancer" in the search field.