January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and today, at the Georgia Cancer Center, survivors and doctors hung teal ribbons.
The National Cancer Institute says more than 13,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer last year.
Dr. Heather Williams is a gynecologic oncologist. She says patients may feel dismayed about their illness — but hopes events like the ribbon hanging will give them hope.
“When we have this kind of public display and bring awareness that it makes them realize that we do care and that we are thinking about them and their specific cancer and it just helps make them feel more of a community and that there are other people in this with them.”
Dr. Williams reminds women to get their pap smears, as advised by their doctors because early detection saves lives.