Posts tagged cervical cancer

Latinas have highest incidence of cervical cancer; groups work to provide information and care

According to the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Latinas are less likely than other groups to have access to employer sponsored health coverage or private plans. Sixty-six percent of immigrant women don’t have access to employer sponsored coverage.

The situation is even worse for Latinas in Texas whose rates are 19 percent higher than the national average and 11 percent higher than the national average for Latinas. Women living in counties on the U.S. Mexico border are 31 percent more likely to die of cervical cancer compared to women in non-border counties.

Cervical Cancer Survivor @MLWhitlock shares her journey from patient to survivor to advocate.

A strong message about the value of co-testing By @MicheleAPrigo

For the past five years Tamika & Friends has hosted the Walk to Beat the Clock 5K event in Washington, DC. This event promotes awareness of HPV and its cause of cervical cancer, and creates a community for women and their loved ones looking for emotional and financial support.

When Tamika asked me to speak at the event this year I was honored. I am not a cancer survivor. In fact, I am not even a cancer thriver. But I am someone who carries a strong message about the value of co-testing (Pap + HPV DNA test).

My goal in participating in the 5K was to make sure that no woman should be in the position, both literally and figuratively, of total surprise during a cervical cancer screening when they prop themselves up on their elbows, forgetting the speculum is still inside them, ouch!, and exclaim with disbelief, “Nearly my entire cervix is taken over by an STD that can give me cancer?! How could this be? I feel fine. I’ve followed Pap screening guidelines religiously. I’ve never even had a bad Pap.”

It is said that good fortune is the combination of luck and preparation, and when it comes to cervical cancer prevention, this couldn’t be more true. Speaking at the Walk to Beat the Clock 5K gave me the chance to educate women about co-testing and to prepare them with the right tools to prevent cervical cancer, because women’s health is too important to rely on luck alone.

For me, it was just random luck that I tried a new doctor, who happened to teach me the value of the right screening tools; co-testing. My Pap came back normal, but the HPV DNA test showed I was positive for high risk strains, which led to more frequent screenings. If my doctor hadn’t done co-testing, and had just based my care off the normal Pap results, then the disease that my unchecked HPV was cooking up could’ve boiled over into advanced cancer before my next screening! Luckily, the results of the HPV DNA test led to more frequent follow-ups and a few months later, when the HPV started to stir up, and my Pap came back Low Grade ASCUS, I had colposcopy and a biopsy which revealed CIN III. I believe the HPV DNA test saved my life and prevented me from having advanced cervical cancer. Prevention starts with being prepared with the right tools; co-testing.

Yet sadly, for so many, my good fortune is not the norm and this is what made my participation in the Walk to the Beat the Clock 5K such an enormous moment for me. Because as Tamika said, “Cancer is scary. But prevention can be so easy.”

Check out Michele speaking at the 2012 DC Walk to Beath the Clock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hqhTDBvAlTg

Follow Michele on Twitter/@MicheleAPrigo

Thanks, Michele for all you do. We are honored to call you our friend.

Tamika & Friends USPSTF Statement

In releasing these updated cervical cancer screening guidelines, the USPSTF is taking a huge step forward in the fight to make sure that no other women die from cervical cancer or lose their fertility as a result of this disease. 

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Message from China: Tamika shares her thoughts from the plane in Beijing.

Nǐ Hǎo from Beijing, China! We’re so proud-T&F Founder Tamika Felder was invited to speak at the BIT 1st Annual Symposium on Cervical Cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus. She’s spreading the message of cervical cancer prevention worldwide!

Nǐ Hǎo from Beijing, China! We’re so proud-T&F Founder Tamika Felder was invited to speak at the BIT 1st Annual Symposium on Cervical Cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus. She’s spreading the message of cervical cancer prevention worldwide!