Lenoir, N.C. – According to North Carolina’s State Center for Health Statistics, nearly 386 women in North
Carolina were diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in 2015 and 125 died of the disease. It is more important than
ever that we spread the message that early detection and prompt treatment of cervical cancer saves lives.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month (CHAM), dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance
of early detection of cervical cancer and other gynecologic cancers, while also celebrating the lives of the many
women who have survived, and remembering those who were lost.
Caldwell County Health Department will be raising awareness of the importance of preventing cervical cancer
by encouraging screenings throughout the month of January.
At least 50% of cervical cancer deaths are due to lack of screenings. When cervical cancer is detected early, it is
one of the most preventable cancers. Caldwell County Health Department encourages all women to take charge
of their health by going for regular pap tests.
For a healthy start to the New Year, we urge every woman to talk with their healthcare provider about getting
screened for cervical cancer.
Many local health departments offer free breast screenings, education and referral services to eligible women
through the NC Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP). Contact the Caldwell County Health
Department BCCCP coordinator at (828)426-8435 for additional information. To learn more about NC BCCCP,
For more information contact the Caldwell County Health Department at (828)426-8506;