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NLM Resources for Cervical Health Awareness Month

Posted by on January 4th, 2018 Posted in: Communications Tools, Consumer Health, Events, Health Literacy, MedlinePlus, NLM Resources

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The National Library of Medicine resources MedlinePlus and HealthReach provide resources in multiple languages on such topics as cervical cancer screening and HPV, including:

  • It’s a Simple Test – Cervical Cancer Screening (15 languages) – This one-page handout educates women about regular pap tests for cervical cancer screening. It uses a brief conversation between two women to convey basic information about the importance of getting a pap test on a regular basis.
  • Colposcopy (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout helps women prepare for a colposcopy, which is a test done to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal cells.
  • Female Exam and Pap Smear (11 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates women about the female exam and pap smear, which are regular health exams and tests they should have. It discusses the female pelvic exam to check for diseases of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries, the breast exam, and the pap smear, which checks for cancer of the cervix.
  • Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV). It explains that HPV types are associated with many cancers, including cervical cancer in females, as well as genital warts in both females and males, and that HPV infection usually comes from sexual contact.

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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