BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is spreading awareness for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month with a virtual discussion.

On Wednesday, participants can join the LDH’s Bureau of Community Partnerships and Health Equity for “Candid Conversations on Health” at 4 p.m. Register for the discussion here.

Cervical cancer is caused by long-lasting infections in the cervix with HPV being the main cause. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that screening tests and the HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable. Cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms until it has advanced. Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding.