Published on January 12, 2011
Updated on September 18, 2020
Each January we observe National Cervical Health Awareness Month. It is a good time to reflect on the groundbreaking advancements that have been made in the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. A diagnosis of cervical cancer was once a death sentence; it is now a preventable and treatable illness. Today, no woman need die from this disease.
Cervical cancer has become the ultimate preventable cancer success story. The Pap test, developed in the late 1920s and first widely used in the 1940s, was adopted as an essential screening tool for early detection and treatment, and in turn lowered the cervical cancer mortality rate by over 70%. More recently, another leap in cervical cancer prevention was made possible with the development of the HPV vaccine.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to have played an important role in making cervical cancer preventable through funding cutting edge research, educating the public and supporting community outreach programs. Cervical cancer has always been a priority for the Foundation, having been among the first to fund the research of Dr. Anna R. Giuliano, which led to the development of the HPV vaccine. Among the many other cervical cancer researchers we have funded over the past 25 years, the Foundation recently provided a two year grant to Dr. Subhashini Jagu, whose research is focused on developing a low cost HPV vaccine for global use.
Women don’t have to die from cervical cancer, but unfortunately some still do. Cervical cancer remains a leading cause of death among women around the world. In the United States, Hispanic women currently have the highest risk of developing cervical cancer. In 1994, the Prevent Cancer Foundation in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital/Lombardi Cancer Center, the George Washington Cancer Center and the Spanish Catholic Center, created ¡Celebremos la Vida! (Let’s Celebrate Life!), a community outreach program dedicated to providing culturally appropriate cancer-related services to medically underserved Hispanic women. ¡Celebremos! offers both breast and cervical cancer education and screening – providing well over 6,000 Pap tests since its inception. The program also works to ensure that women who need additional medical care are able to receive it, regardless of their financial status. The Foundation also supports Con Amor Aprendemos (With Love We Learn), a community program that works to directly reduce HPV-related diseases in the Hispanic community in Atlanta, Ga. In the area of public education, the Foundation launched the “Confess! Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign” to educate all young women about early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. The interactive website is designed to increase awareness and encourages women to pledge to get screened for cervical cancer.
We want all women to take advantage of the advancements made in cervical health. Pap tests are essential every two to three years if you are over 21 years old, and the HPV vaccine is highly recommended if you are between 9 and 26 years old. I strongly urge every woman to learn the facts about cervical cancer and talk to her health care professional.
On behalf of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, we wish you a happy – and healthy – 2011!
I had cervical cancer in 1987. no#4 stage. I have been truely blessed to overcome this. As in 2003 diagnosed with rectum & perinium cancer. Again have been blessed. ALL women need to be checked for prvenative measures…
Congratulations to Prevent Cancer Foundation and all the other organizations who fight against Cervical cancer in America and in other parts of the World. May God bless you.
No one expects to get cervical dysplasia due to untreated HPV high risk. When my doctor called me back for more tests after my routine gynecologic exam, I wasn’t worried. After all, I had had years of uneventful Pap tests. Plus, I was 26, my career was taking off and I had just met the guy of my dreams.
Then I got the mind-numbing news: I had invasive cervical dysplasia CIN3
My doctors recommended a hysterectomy, but I refused. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have my own children, but I knew I didn’t want that decision made for me. Always has to be something instead of a surgery. I found a doctor who prescribed a new treatment Cervugid Ovules combined with Isoprinosine Tablets, that helped me fight off the Cervical Dysplasia, while preserving my fertility. It worked.
Fortunately, after 3 courses of treatment, I’m Cervical Dysplasia-free and my husband and I have a healthy 3-month-old daughter.
I’m still fighting cervical cancer now as a blogger to Prevent Cervical Cancer. I want women to know that Cervical Dysplasia is almost always preventable – with the Pap test, the HPV test and treatment. Working together, we can stop cervical cancer!