January 16th, 2012: ParamCARE Foundation provided Cervical Cancer Education at John F. Kennedy Library, 500 Hoes Lane, in Piscataway.
In recognition of Cervical Health Awareness month, ParamCARE Foundation, Middlesex Office of Public Health and Middlesex County Cancer Coalition offered free education sessions on cervical cancer at Piscataway Public Library.
Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus called HPV (Human papillomavirus) and most often occurs in women over age 30. Each year in the United States approximately 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result.
Cervical cancer starts as a precancerous condition which can be detected by a Pap smear and is 100% treatable. Middlesex County Cancer Education and Early Detection Program provided information on free cancer screenings (Pap smear test) to women ages 18 and older who may qualify.
Weakened immune system also increases risk for Cervical Cancer. ParamCARE Foundation provided Free Newsletter on ‘Boost Your Immune System’ for information on how to increase immunity, which can also prevent various illnesses.
American Institute for Cancer Research suggests that proper diet and exercise could reduce cancer incidence by 30–40%. Combining these changes with elimination of tobacco use could reduce new cancer cases by 60–70%.
At ParamCARE, we are committed to assist the goals of ‘Healthy People 2020’ one of which is to reduce cancer rates by at least 10%. To achieve this we provide Health Awareness, Diet Consultation, Yoga and Zumba classes as well as Counseling to quit smoking and alcohol. The health of our nation is not just the responsibility of our government, we- the people also have to work on improving the health of our community. The services at ParamCARE are one of the many ways through which ParamCARE assists our nation achieve its Healthy People 2020 goal.