Tazewell County Health Dept.



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Every year, cervical cancer affects over 12,000 women in the United States and more than 4,000 women will die.  Cervical cancer is one of the most curable type of cancer when detected early with screening.

Tazewell County Health Department offers pelvic exams and Pap tests to eligible women through the IDPH Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program.  Since the program was launched in Illinois in 1995, nearly 154,000 women have been screened for breast and cervical cancers.

“Early detection and Pap tests have changed the death rate of cervical cancer,” says Sara Sparkman, Communications Manager for TCHD, “TCHD offers free screenings to eligible women as the best way to diagnose cervical cancer and increase the rate of survival.”

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 40 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%. The main reason for this change was the increased use of the Pap test. This screening procedure can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find cervical cancer early – when it is in its most curable stage.

In the United States, Hispanic women are most likely to get cervical cancer, followed by African-Americans, American Indians and Alaskan natives, and whites. Asians and Pacific Islanders have the lowest risk of cervical cancer in this country.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines offer the best protection against cervical cancer and other HPV associated cancers. HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 - 12 years. Information on HPV vaccines is available at www.cdc.gov/hpv/vaccine.html


To learn more about qualifying for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test, call (866) 925-5511, ext. 341.

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This project has been made possible by a grant from IDPH Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program.