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— Rachel Phillips Terry, Corporate Vice President, Sales, BioIQ

Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up. It also is highly curable when detected and treated early.

Visit this link to remind the women in your life to get screened. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will send a health e-card to anybody you name.

Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which affects around 79 million people in the U.S., many of whom don’t know they’re infected. Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer.

According to the CDC, there are three important steps we can all take this month to raise awareness:

  • Encourage women to schedule a well-woman visit this year
  • Let women know that most insurance plans covers these visits, including cervical cancer screening, so they can obtain these services at no cost to them.
  • Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls, ages 11 to 12, need the vaccine.

A HEDIS Effectiveness of Care measure for both Commercial and Medicaid populations, all women between the ages of 21 and 65 should be screened for cervical cancer. BioIQ offers engagement programs to assist clients in increasing the program participation rates for measures such as cervical cancer screening and mammography rates. These are measures that require the participation of a clinic or physician’s office for members to become compliant.

No woman should ever die of cervical cancer. Reach out to the people you love by listing their names and email addresses here. The CDC will send a health e-card to these people, along with a personal message if you like.

— Rachel

Rachel Phillips Terry

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