Health officials say cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer.
Still, last year, 12,200 women were diagnosed nationwide and 4,200 died, according to statistics from the National Cancer Institute.
The best line of defense is for women to get yearly or biyearly pap screenings once they become sexually active.
"Routine pap smears can detect changes in the cells of the cervix before they turn into cancer, or it can detect cancer early," said Courtney Sheeley, with the South Health District.
The South Health District is offering free cervical cancer screenings for eligible women.
For more information, call 229-333-5290.