Serving Up Cervical Health

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month so before the month ended I wanted to look more into the cervix and how to keep it healthy...

The CDC shared that 11,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. Specifically, black women account for 2,000 of those diagnoses and 40% of cervical cancer deaths. Cervical cancer is mostly caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a group of more than 200 viruses that are commonly transmitted by oral, vaginal, and/or anal sex along with shared sex toys with someone who has HPV. There isn't a cure, but our bodies are capable of getting rid of the virus on their own.

The Black Women's Health Imperative (BWHI) highlighted why HPV is a concern for black women:

Find out more about HPV here.

Often considered the "other" cancer, cervical cancer is yet another health concern that places black women at the higher end of the risk spectrum. Awareness and knowledge are necessary steps to improve the odds against us which is why this blog post is so important.

First, let's look at what a cervix is and where it is located in our body...

The cervix is the cylinder-shaped opening made mostly of strong fibromuscular tissue that is located at the bottom of the uterus and connects it to the vagina. The cervix consists of the exocervix (outer surface of the cervix) and the endocervix (inner portion of the cervix). The endocervix contains a narrow endocervical canal; external os (opening between the vagina and cervix) and the internal os (opening between the cervix and uterus).