Attention Ladies!  

kiaraslade 37F
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3/18/2006 5:25 pm

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5/23/2006 12:37 am

Attention Ladies!

Cervical Cancer Awareness!!!

Visit: Make The Connection(maketheconnection.org) for more information on HPV and Cervical Cancer. Get to know about your body and the risk of cervical cancer.


For most women, HPV is a silent threat. With no symptoms, it doesn't tell you it's there. So it's up to you to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for getting screened.

If pre-cancerous cell changes are detected and treated early, the potentially deadly effects of cervical cancer can almost always be prevented. According to the American Cancer Society, women whose HPV-related cervical abnormalities are detected and treated early - at the pre-cancerous state - have a nearly 100 percent survival rate. Not many other cancer fighters can claim such success.

The key to halting the possible progression of HPV infection to cervical cancer is the Pap screening test. Regular Pap screening offers a powerful weapon in the fight against cervical cancer - even if you have already been exposed to HPV.

A Pap screening test (often called a Pap smear) is a simple test that can detect changes in the cells in and around your cervix. Conducted in your doctor's office or clinic, this routine test can help identify the potential for cancer before it develops.

Since Pap screening came into widespread use in the mid-1950s, cervical cancer deaths in the U.S. have fallen by nearly 70 percent. Yet about 10,000 American women still develop the disease every year, and almost 3,000 die from it.

Not everyone gets a regular Pap test, though. Specifically, many African American, low-income or elderly women are less likely to have regular Pap tests. The American Cancer Society states that between 60 and 80 percent of women who are newly diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer had not had a Pap smear within the past five years, and many had never had a Pap test. This is troubling, as 3.5 million Pap tests performed each year are abnormal and require medical follow-up.

Even though the Pap test has tremendous benefits, like other medical tests, it isn't perfect. Importantly, Pap tests sometimes do not find cervical abnormalities when they actually are present. It is hard to know how often these "false-negative" Pap test results happen, but regular screening can help. If an abnormality is missed in one Pap, it will most likely be detected with the next one, while the abnormality is still in the precancerous stage.

In addition, Pap tests sometimes can show minor cervical abnormalities that are due to infection with low-risk HPV types such as 6 and 11. These results can be costly for the health system, but more importantly, may cause unnecessary anxiety for the patient.

That said, Pap testing is one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer. So talk with your doctor about having regular Pap tests, and once you've been screened, be sure to discuss your results with your doctor. If any abnormalities are detected, a second Pap screening and other tests might be conducted to confirm the initial results. For women who are 30 years and older, there is an HPV test that can be performed in conjunction with the Pap test. In addition, some women may get an HPV test as a follow up to certain types of abnormal Pap test results.

Please visit maketheconnection.org and for another great resource visit thehpvtest.com for any information regarding HPV and Cervical cancer.


"Take what tomorrow brings and don’t ask why." ~ Kiara Slade


frbnkslady 49F
6183 posts
3/25/2006 12:26 am

Wow.. very nice post.. mind if I link it in mine... different readers??? gets message out farther??? Let me know... T

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kiaraslade 37F

5/12/2006 1:34 pm

    Quoting frbnkslady:
    Wow.. very nice post.. mind if I link it in mine... different readers??? gets message out farther??? Let me know... T
Sure. Go for it! The more that know about this, the better.

"Take what tomorrow brings and don’t ask why." ~ Kiara Slade


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