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Cervical Cancer Awareness

  • 80% of people will get a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in their lifetime and while most HPV infections go away on their own, those that don’t can cause certain types of cancer in men and women. 
  • Approximately 42,000 HPV related cancers are diagnosed annually in the US, including 12,000 cases of cervical cancer resulting in 4,000 deaths. HPV is the cause of nearly all cervical cancers.
  • HPV vaccination provides safe, effective, and lasting protection against the strains of HPV infections that most commonly cause cancer.

Addressing Youth Behavioral Problems

Impaired Driving

  • Montana has one of the highest rates in the nation for crash deaths caused by impaired drivers; impaired driving resulted in 61% of Montana’s roadway fatalities in 2017.
  • Nationally, drugged driving is increasing; similarly, DUI cases that involve both alcohol and drugs are on the rise in Montana.
  • If you plan to drink or get high, designate a sober driver ahead of time. If you get stuck without a sober ride, call a friend, or an Uber or Lyft. It’s not just you that’s at risk- you could kill another person.

Buckle Up - Every Trip, Every Time

  • States with primary enforcement seat belt laws, which allow unrestrained drivers to be cited independently of any other traffic infraction, have succeeded in raising seat belt use by 10-12 percent.
  • In 2017, 84 vehicle occupants who died on Montana roadways were not wearing their seatbelt. Two thirds of the unrestrained people who died were ejected from their vehicle.
  • Before you even start your vehicle, make sure that you and all of your passengers are buckled up—every trip, every time.