Take the Pledge...

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. But the conversation shouldn’t stop there! Cervical cancer prevention should be an ongoing chat with the women in your life. Now is your chance to make a difference. Learn the facts, take the Pearl Pledge and protect yourself and the women you love from this preventable disease. Help us reach our goal of getting 4,210 pledges – the same number of women who were expected to die from cervical cancer in 2010 – before Mother’s Day (May 8, 2011).

Take the Pearl Pledge in just 3 easy steps...

Steps 1,2,3

I Pledge to:

Step Step 01

Pick up the phone and call your healthcare provider to schedule your annual gynecologic exam. Find out if it’s time to get screened for cervical cancer. If so, here’s what you should ask about:

  • Girls and young women: Ask about the HPV vaccine, which protects against the two types of HPV (human papillomavirus) that cause the majority of cervical cancers. The vaccines are recommended for girls 11 to 12 years old, and are approved for girls and young women up to age 26. Even women who have been vaccinated will still need to be screened.
  • Women age 21 or older: Get the Pap test, which detects abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer.
  • Women age 30 or older: Get the Pap test and the HPV test together as part of routine cervical cancer screening. The HPV test detects the virus that causes cervical cancer, identifying those women at increased risk who will need to be monitored more closely.

Tell us what month you're due for your next gynecologic appointment and we'll send you a reminder and tip sheet for starting the conversation about cervical cancer prevention with your healthcare provider.

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This year, more than 12,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. And more than 4,210 will die.

Now, Take the Pearl Pledge and help protect yourself and other women from this preventable disease!

A message from cervical cancer survivor Tamika Felder