Cervical Health 101: Your Cervix and Cervical Canal

According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women. Are you taking steps to keep your cervix healthy?

This is Public Health is brought to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Let’s start with a quick health class refresher.

Your cervix is located at the lower end of the uterus and it is where the cervical canal pass through. This canal is where menstruation blood, a baby, and sperm travel through.

The cervical canal can be affected by several medical conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Infection or inflammation
  • Dysplasia
  • Polyps
  • Ectopic pregnancy

Many of these conditions are preventable and treatable. Keeping up with your cervical health is crucial in the detection of abnormalities and problems.

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There are two big steps you can take to protect your cervical health.

  1. Routine pap smears and cancer screenings
  2. Get your HPV vaccination. Talk with your child’s healthcare provider about getting their vaccination

In addition to these preventative steps, you should practice safe sex, see your gynecologist annually, and avoid smoking.

Visit www.tchdnow.org or find them on Facebook for more information about the Tuscarawas County Health Department and their services. You can also call them at (330) 343-5555 for appointments, safety concerns, or health questions.

Audrey Mattevi