COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Recognizing January as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D-Edwardsville, is highlighting the importance of cancer screening and preventive care to help with early detection.
“This month reminds us of the importance of taking advantage of preventative care,” said Stuart. “Particularly for those who may have put off screenings due to the pandemic, it’s important to still make a plan to make sure you get checked out.”
According to the American Cancer Association, the leading cause of cancer death among women is cervical cancer. An important preventative step is to have regular screenings, which can lead to early detection and treatment. As part of her efforts to ensure quality health care access for all families, Stuart has supported prioritizing funding for Illinois’ Breast and Cervical Cancer Program in past budgets, which helps local women have access to regular screenings and preventive care free of cost.
Residents interested in learning about how they can get checked can learn about the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at: http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/life-stages-populations/womens-health-services/ibccp.
“While our state will face difficult budget challenges, it’s critical that we do not overlook needed funding for programs such as the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program,” said Stuart. “This is a program that saves lives, but it can only work if we fund it and residents use it. I encourage women in our community to check it out.”