¡Con Amor Aprendemos!
Helping people get educated and take an active role in their health care can make a big difference, particularly when it comes to cervical cancer. While nearly 4,210 deaths are expected from cervical cancer yearly in the United States, as many as 80 percent of these deaths could be prevented through regular screening and proper follow-up care. Of the populations studied, Hispanic women are particularly at risk for this cancer. It is estimated that the incidence of cervical cancer among Hispanic women in the U.S. is about 70 percent higher than those in non-Hispanic whites (American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2009-2011)
With this disparity in mind, Emory University School of Medicine developed ¡Con Amor Aprendemos! ("With Love We Learn") a culturally sensitive educational program targeted towards Latino couples. It has the objective of educating them about the Human Papiloma Virus (HPV), a major cause of cervical cancer. During the classes, the participants learn about female and male anatomy, how to prevent the transmission of HPV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as the symptoms, transmission modes, and treatment regimens for a range of STIs. The program emphasizes the importance of having a regularly conducted Pap exam, which can detect cervical cancer early.
This is a very interactive program that is delivered in six (6) classes. The American Cancer Society is our partner for this program.