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January 16, 2013

Friend to Friend Party – staying healthy together

— To help women have a better understanding of breast and cervical cancer and the best way to prevent these cancers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County, along with a coalition of local partners, will conduct a Friend to Friend Party on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 301 S. Main St., in Weatherford.

The party will include a presentation on breast and cervical cancers by medical professionals, and there will be a discussion of the obstacles women may encounter when trying to access mammograms and Pap tests locally. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with exhibitors that conduct these screenings and the exhibitors will have staff members available to make screening appointments for participants.

Information will be available on how those who qualify can access financial assistance if the cost of the screening prevents them from getting a screening.

Cervical cancer is the easiest female cancer to prevent. A Pap test which screens for cervical cancer can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early. It is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. With a Pap test, the doctor is looking for any cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.

So, who should be screened and when should they be screened? According to the American Cancer Society’s guidelines, women between ages 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. The doctor may also suggest a HPV test if there are abnormal Pap test results.

For women between the ages of 30 and 65, it is preferred that they have a Pap test plus an HPV test every five years, but it is also OK to have a Pap test alone every three years. If a woman is over 65 years and has had regular cervical cancer testing with normal results, she should not be tested for cervical cancer. However, women with a history of a serious cervical pre-cancer should continue to be tested for at least 20 years after, even if testing continues past age 65.

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