For immediate release by:                                                          
Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer                    
Middlesex County Office of Health Services     
January 14, 2013                                              

Contact:
John Dowd, Health Educator Risk Communicator
Middlesex County Office of Health Services
732-745-3135
john.dowd@co.middlesex.nj.us

 

 

Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the
Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties
Acknowledge Cervical Health Awareness Month

 

In acknowledgement of Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services and the Chronic Disease Coalition of Middlesex and Union Counties are offering 13 educational sessions in English and Spanish. For more information about the educational sessions please call 732-745-3102.  Sessions will be offered from Jan. 16-31 at the following locations:

January 16 – 9 am (Four consecutive sessions, 20 minutes each session)
WIC Program
313 State Street, Suite 704
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861

January 24 – 9 am (Four consecutive sessions, 20 minutes each session)
WIC Program
123 How Lane, Suite 1
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

January 25 – 10 am (One, 45-minute session)
New Brunswick Counseling Center
320 Suydam Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 

January 31 – 11 am (Four consecutive sessions, 20 minutes each session)
Middlesex County Office of Health Services Public Health Clinic
596 Jersey Avenue, Suite B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

 

H. James Polos, Freeholder Chairperson of the Public Safety and Health Committee said: “Preventative screenings and vaccinations are essential things you can do for your health.  The Middlesex County Office of Health Services provides screening and vaccination services for residents with limited or no health insurance through the Middlesex County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program and Public Health Clinic.”

Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV (Human papillomavirus) and most often occurs in women over age 30.  Each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result.

Lester Jones, Director-Health Officer of the Middlesex County Office of Health Services stated, “Cervical cancer is a preventable disease.  It is important to educate yourself and loved ones about this disease, to encourage women to contact their health care provider to schedule a Pap test, and for both men and women to receive the HPV vaccine if you are between the ages of 9 and 26 years old.”

Individuals interested in receiving the HPV vaccine can call the Middlesex County Office of Health Services Public Health Clinic at 732-565-3788 for eligibility and to schedule an appointment.

Women age 21 and over may qualify for a free cervical cancer screening through the Middlesex County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) program.  For an appointment call 732-745-3127.  Para información en Español 732-745-3107.

All women are at risk for cervical cancer.  To reduce the risk of cervical cancer remember to vaccinate early, get your Pap test regularly, and have an HPV test when recommended by your healthcare provider.

“Middlesex County is committed to safeguarding our residents’ health,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of our various programs to prevent disease and become educated on how to lead healthy lives.”