January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
De Casa en Casa and Community Council of South Central Texas host outreach to inform the community of available services to prevent and screen for Cervical Cancer.
UVALDE, TX: In response to low cervical cancer screening in our area, De Casa en Casa and CCSCT are joining forces to provide education and free cervical cancer screening to our community and the surrounding counties. The group will host an outreach at Snap Fitness Gym, located at 330 N. Getty St. in Uvalde, TX this Monday, January 31st, 2022, from 11am-4pm.
Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancer deaths among American women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2022 there will be 14,000 new cases of invasive cancer that will be diagnosed and 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer.
Health Outreach Coordinator, Monica Escobar states, “Despite the dramatic decline in cervical cancer mortality in the United States over the last 50 years, inequalities in cervical cancer outcomes still exist and can be linked to poverty and race/ethnicity. In Texas, Hispanics have the greatest incidence of all race/ethnicities and are 1.9 times more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Hispanic Whites. Early detection and screening are key!”
These cancer prevention programs are sponsored by the Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Department of Family and Community Medicine. If eligible, clients may receive virtual or one on one education and screening for Cervical Cancer at no cost! Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso and the Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. will be providing free cervical cancer education and screening to eligible women in the following counties: Uvalde, Edwards- Rocksprings, LaSalle-Cotulla, Val Verde-Del Rio, Real- Camp Wood and Leakey, Zavala-Crystal City, Dimmit-Carrizo Springs, Kinney-Brackettville, and Maverick-Eagle Pass. Women between 21 and 65 years, with a valid Texas address, who are uninsured or under insured, have not had cervical cancer in the past or a hysterectomy, and have not had a pap smear in the last three years may be eligible. For more information, contact Monica Escobar, Community Health Outreach, at 830-333-9414 or visit 1022 Garner Field Road Ste. C, Uvalde, TX 78801.
CCSCT is a non-profit community action agency that empowers vulnerable families and individuals in the greater South Central Texas area to achieve self-sufficiency by eliminating barriers through innovative programs and strong community partnerships. For more information, visit www.ccsct.org or follow us on the socials at https://linktr.ee/ccsct_cares.