‘Reveal the Teal’ on the Murray Baker Bridge aims to boost cervical cancer awareness

'Reveal the Teal' on the Murray Baker Bridge
'Reveal the Teal' on the Murray Baker Bridge(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 10:52 PM CST
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PEORIA (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - A new color was lighting the way on the Murray Baker Bridge Wednesday to increase awareness about cervical cancer.

Teal lights stretched across the community’s landmark, serving as an important reminder, said cervical cancer survivor and Heartland Health Services worker Jolene Whisler.

“We’re putting it out there and we’re reminding people what cervical cancer awareness means, and we’re reminding people to get their cancer screenings,” said Whisler.

“And, we’re especially reminding people that early detection saves lives,” she added.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Cancer Society says women should start getting cervical cancer screenings when they’re 25-years old, and girls as young as nine should get the HPV vaccine.

Cervical cancer is almost always preventable, health leaders say.

In a news release, local health officials said free cervical screenings are available for uninsured and underinsured women, ages 21-64, who live in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Marshall Counties.

The Tazewell County Health Department said it offers the HPV vaccine and encourages parents to protect pre-teens with the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12.

Teens and young adults should receive the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens.

Appointments can be made by calling 309-929-0294.

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