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Hospital to offer cervical cancer screenings

Thursday, June 2, 2011

St. Vincent Clay Hospital will offer free cervical cancer (Pap smear) screenings Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Screenings are for women 18-over.

Almost all cervical cancers are linked to a common infection in the cervix called human papillomavirus (HPV). Of the more than 100 types of HPV, many are benign, but some are linked to cancer of the cervix.

The risk of cervical cancer depends on sexual history, immune system, health and lifestyle.

Routine Pap smears have lowered the rate of invasive cervical cancer by 74 percent in the last several decades.

Most cases of cervical cancers are caused by viruses frequently found during a Pap smear.

The annual exam can detect cervical changes before they become cancerous.

To schedule a free cervical cancer screening, call 317-338-CARE (2273) to register.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving Clay County. The facility provides a full range of healthcare services, including a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department and ambulatory services including general and orthopedic surgery.

The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and was designated as a Critical Access Hospital in 2001.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital joined St. Vincent Health and Ascension Health in September 2000.

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