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Tampa Shines Teal to Raise Awareness About Cervical Cancer

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What: Old City Hall, Downtown Bridges and the Tampa Riverwalk will be lit up in teal for cervical cancer awareness.
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Time: Sunset, approximately 5:36 p.m.

The City of Tampa will light up Old City Hall, Downtown Bridges, and The Tampa Riverwalk in teal this evening to raise awareness about ending cervical cancer.

November 17, 2021 marks the first anniversary of a historic, worldwide movement, celebrating the first time the world has committed to eliminating cancer.

Cervical cancer is highly preventable and treatable. Whether you're looking for ways to prevent cervical cancer, want to find out about screening options, were diagnosed with this cancer, or have questions about living as a survivor, there are options available.

From the World Health Organization
Almost all cervical cancer cases (99 percent) are linked to infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.

Although most infections with HPV resolve spontaneously and cause no symptoms, persistent infection can cause cervical cancer in women.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2018, an estimated 570,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311,000 women died from the disease.

Effective primary (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention approaches (screening for, and treating precancerous lesions) will prevent most cervical cancer cases.

When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively. Cancers diagnosed in late stages can also be controlled with appropriate treatment and palliative care.