Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tender, Loving Care For Your Cervix

By Sarah R. Bailey

It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life, but are you feeling good? With the New Year, everyone has hopes of happiness, success, and love for the upcoming year. Resolutions are made (and usually broken by mid-February) to lose weight, get fit, and to make more money. That sounds great and all, but there is a certain part of the body that women need to concentrate on in the New Year.

That body part would be the cervix. It’s getting all the attention lately, making other parts of the body feel inferior. Okay, not really, but it should be! January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and YWTF is encouraging all of you to get screened.

The idea of facing cancer is scary, but early detection is key when it comes to managing your overall health. It can also be quite expensive. However, there are programs out there to help women get the screenings they need, and for little to no cost. The Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides funding for women in need to have free pap smears every second Friday in the month of January. For more information on visit the Georgia Department of Community Health.

As you ring in the New Year, make it a priority to take all preventative measures when it comes to your health. Get screened and make sure you are here to ring in many more fabulous years to come. Happy New Year Ladies! Be strong! Be courageous! And be healthy!

Sarah R. Bailey is a graduate of Georgia State University where she earned a B.A. in Journalism, and minor in Political Science. She is currently interning for, a leading women’s publication that promotes women and what they do. She is an animal lover, coffeeaholic, and has a small obsession with Vince Vaughn. Visit her at or send her an email at

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