Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is a European initiative that is quickly gaining global attention thanks to internet and social media efforts. This year, it occurs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 27, and on these days Brookhaven Retreat plans to raise awareness of this issue and the importance of medical planning for long lasting physical wellness.
Women with mental health or substance abuse issues often neglect to care for their health; depression, anxiety or emotional issues may cause women to isolate from the outside world and avoid important medical appointments.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2012, the 12,170 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,220 women will die of the disease. This issue is of critical importance to women, especially those whose mental health issues may have prevented routine screening. It has been shown that routine Pap testing may reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by up to 80 percent.
Prevention begins with awareness and proper self-care, which is built on a foundation of mental wellness. During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Brookhaven Retreat will focus on encouraging clients and staff to build a comprehensive health plan that includes routine screening and preventative methods. Making routine appointments in advance, keeping a calendar and being aware of the importance of screening all reduce reasons to avoid checkups.
By making medical health part of their recovery plan, women recovering from mental health or substance abuse issues can protect their health and live better, healthier lives.