Another Year, Another Yearly Exam

   By drodriguez  Jan 16, 2008

Though it is an important issue to think about all year, January is officially Cervical Health Awareness Month. A grassroots nonprofit organization, National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), is urging women to take action and protect themselves in the new year.

How serious is cervical cancer? Well, just look at the statistics from the NCCC website. They report that approximately 10,000 American women will learn they have cervical cancer/HPV this year, and almost 4,000 will die from an advanced form of the disease.

The NCCC urges women to think about their health in the new year and contact their health care providers to set up a routine Pap test. The NCCC reports that 1 1% of U.S. women do not have the Pap test screening.

The Pap test is an effective tool to detect the possibility of cervical cancer, especially when given regularly. Cervical cancer is a very treatable form of cancer when caught in the early stages. To raise awareness about cervical health, the NCCC sets up free cancer screening tests in January at various health care facilities around the country.

The coalition has also set up a “ Phone-Pal” and “ E-Pal” program for cervical cancer survivors and patients. The organization helps to match one survivor with another and allow them to correspond via email or phone. If you are interested in becoming a “Phone-Pal” or “E-Pal” you can visit to fill out a short request form.

Do you get screened regularly for cervical cancer?

Will you be urging your loved ones to make an appointment to get the Pap test this January?

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meowmix by meowmix | peach bottom, PA
Sep 30, 2008

I hada total hyst at 44 removing ovaries, uterus, and cervix. Now they say I do not need pap tests or even any type of annual exam. But in 10 years, no doctor has ever offered to do a breast exam (as I assume they think it goes with a pelvic exam). I also feel like I could still get some type of pelvic cancer and they don't care. Could overweight people just not get the same quality of medical care? What do you think? I have been thin and "thick" and can tell a big difference in attitudes of the doctors.

bbcoop by bbcoop | GREENFIELD, IN
Mar 18, 2008

Touchy subject from a personal standpoint...yes, i do get checked. A relative of mine from ca. also got checked regularly for at least 10 yrs and always got back normal results...then she passed away at 40yrs old from cervical cancer. Ironically and sadly, after she passed, a result came in her mail saying she had a normal pap--I'm not really sure what to think of that or who would be responsible...her mother told me she found out that in some states they aren't required to check them all and only randomly test--not sure on the validity of that one, but it still makes it scary to me, and was a very sad situation for them.

laurdriz by laurdriz | Syracuse, NY
Feb 27, 2008

I have had trouble with displasia in the past and know how important the annual pap test is. I am looking for a provider in the Syracuse area for my mother to have the pap, mammogram, and also bone density test done in one visit. Anyone with information I would appreciate this.

roumaGRL by roumaGRL | Santa Clara, CA
Feb 04, 2008

I just got checked at the end of last month. Still waiting for test results. It is nerve wracking waiting but it is okay. I'd rather know than not know. I urge every woman to be screened.

sweetnsassy by sweetnsassy | MUNCIE, IN
Feb 03, 2008

I get checked every year, what scares me the most is that they will find a lump in the breasts. My grandmother died of breast cancer.

GirlRacer by GirlRacer | St Charles, MO
Jan 31, 2008

I get checked every year, and a little over a year ago I found out I had cervical cancer - had it removed successfully. Now I get the pleasure of going 4 times a year to keep things in check.

I highly recommend getting your check-ups. And if you or your children are able to get the vaccine I suggest seriously considering it. Just an FYI - many insurances cover it under their preventative coverage at 100%.

slgooday by slgooday | ROMEOVILLE, IL
Jan 26, 2008

There seems to be so many things that can happen to a woman's body that can go undetected - I try and get checked for things they may find at an early stage - I have been fortunate however, did have cysts discovered a few years ago that had to be removed as they grew rapidly - All was ok but I am glad I was checked and monitored before something really bad happened.

kartogis by kartogis | SAINT LOUIS, MO
Jan 26, 2008

i know its very important, however i always get the nurse with large hands. ;)

betty62 by betty62 | Middletown, DE
Jan 25, 2008

It's very important to stay on top of your body. I had cervical cancer 9 years ago. I was lucky because I had no history of the causes but a pap that kept coming back abnormal but non-cancerous and a VERY persistant doctor. I ended up with the cervical cancer that only occurs 10% of the time in women. Because of her I'm here today. I'm told this vaccine will also help in preventing what I had and my 15 year daughter has just completed her 3rd shot in the vaccine series. So for those who might feel it's not for them or their daughters because they are not sexually active, please think again. Cancer does not discriminate.

felicia1960 by felicia1960 | WELLINGTON, FL
Jan 25, 2008

I have it yearly too, but don't forget the mammomgram

soonermissy by soonermissy | MOUNDS, OK
Jan 24, 2008

I am 32 years old and I always have my yearly pap. You can never be too careful. Luckily every one of them have came back normal. Thank God.

laceyk by laceyk | Moultrie, GA
Jan 24, 2008

I am now 27 years ago, and I had cervical cancer surgically removed about a year ago. It is very important to get your yearly paps, and if it comes back abnorman DO NOT ignore it!

libby1260 by libby1260 | FRANKFORT, KY
Jan 23, 2008

I have been getting my yearly pap and I think it is important that women have done every year.

pink_girl88 by pink_girl88 | bay city, TX
Jan 23, 2008

i make sure to get my exam every year. The majority of the women in my family have had cancer so i always get checked.

dpackup by dpackup | Antigo, WI
Jan 20, 2008

It is so wonderful now that my daughter can get a vaccine that can help prevent this. I did not have that option and am too old now to get it.

The new vaccine helps prevent you from getting the virus that can make cervical cancer more probable.

I make sure to get my pap every year without fail. I take one day off and try to schedule all my "woman" exams!