“With the ongoing pandemic we have seen a sharp decline in elective procedures and cancer screenings,” said Mussman. “Cervical cancer can be a silent killer, as women with early cervical cancer and pre-cancers often show no symptoms until the cancer becomes larger and spreads to nearby tissue.”
January is designated as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and Mussman is highlighting the importance of regular cancer screenings, prevention and early detection. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, increased access to screenings and the HPV vaccination have made it the most preventable of all female cancers. To ensure low-income women have access to cancer screenings, Mussman has continually fought for funding the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP).
“Regular screenings save lives, as early detection can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment for cervical cancer,” continued Mussman. “I urge women to take care of themselves by getting regular cancer screenings to preserve their overall health and wellness.”
Mussman represents the 56th District, which contains portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows and Palatine.