In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, health officials are encouraging women age 21 and over to have a Pap test, a disease that is preventable.
Health officials at Keystone Community Outreach in Chambersburg are a few of the services that are offering the tests free of charge. The service will be provided until the beginning of February thanks to the HealthyWomen Program, which is provided through the State of Pennsylvania.
According to Nurse Practitioner Kathy McAfee, early detection is easier to treat and can save a life. She says women age 21-29 should have a Pap test every 3 years.
“A lot of women are not aware of this even being a problem until they start having symptoms,” she said.
At age 30, Pap tests are combined with an HPV test every 5 years.
Keystone Community Outreach is located at 455 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA. To make an appointment, check out their website here.