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Cervical Health Awareness Month

Published on 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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Did You Know?

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Why Should You Care?

According to a CDC Fact Sheet (link), while all women are at risk for cervical cancer, it occurs most often in women over age 30. Almost all cervical cancers are cause by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), additional factors that can increase a woman’s risk for cervical cancer includes:

  • Smoking,
  • Having HIV or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems,
  • Using birth control pills for five or more years, and
  • Having given birth to three or more children.

What Can You Do?

The good news is that with regular screening tests and follow-up with your doctor, cervical cancer is the easiest of gynecological cancers to prevent.

Medicare covers:

  • Cervical cancer screening with HPV Tests in asymptomatic Medicare Part B female patients aged 30-65 years once every five years,
  • Pap tests screening for female patients with Medicare Part B annually for women with a high risk for developing cervical or vaginal cancer and every two years for low-risk women, and,
  • Screening pelvic exams also annually for high-risk women and every two years for low-risk women.

The patient pays nothing for any of these screening tests if the physician accepts assignment.

You can learn more about these tests including applicable National Coverage Determinations, HCPCS and CPT codes by accessing the MLN Educational Tool Medicare Preventive Services (MLN006559 December 2022) at:

Article Author: Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS
Beth Cobb, RN, BSN, ACM, CCDS, is the Manager of Clinical Analytics at Medical Management Plus, Inc. Beth has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare including eleven years in Case Management at a large multi-facility health system. In her current position, Beth is a principle writer for MMP’s Wednesday@One weekly e-newsletter, an active member of our HIPAA Compliance Committee, MMP’s Education Department Program Director and co-developer of MMP’s proprietary Compliance Protection Assessment Tool.

This material was compiled to share information.  MMP, Inc. is not offering legal advice. Every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and useful.