SGMC in Valdosta offering free cervical cancer screenings
The front of the Pearlman Cancer Center
The sign at the entrance to the parking lot at the Pearlman Cancer Center
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta is trying to raise awareness about cervical cancer.
On January 16th, SGMC will be offering free cervical cancer screenings and pap tests from 5-7 p.m. at the Pearlman Cancer Center.
Event coordinators recommend women between the ages of 21 and 65, who have not had a pap smear in the last three years and who have not had a hysterectomy come out to this event.
"Worldwide, [cervical cancer] is a big problem. In the United States, because of screening practices, it's much less of a problem but it is still important to undergo the screening because if it's caught early it's very curable," said Dr. Jennifer Dallas, Oncologist at SGMC.
Dallas added that in the United States, roughly 12,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year and of those 12,000, "about 4,000 of those women will die of the disease," Dallas said.
Marie Sims, Community Health Promotions Coordinator at SGMC, said this test is very quick and it could save lives.
"I would highly encourage ladies to come in," Sims said. "It only takes a few minuets...to receive this test that could possibly detect something that could change their life."