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Unread 04-21-2006, 09:18 AM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

This morning I caught part of an episode of the Tyra Banks show which focused on STDs. The best friend and sister of a 28 year old women who died of cervical cancer were guests. They talked about the failure rate of Pap smears and how an HPV test can help detect a potential problem. The friend had written an article for Jane magazine.

I was really excited about this. Hopefully, young women will see/read it and it will make a difference. I wish I had known all of this before I was diagnosed. I feel like I put too much faith in Pap smears and I knew nothing about the connection of HPV and cancer.

Here is a link to the article:

"I Hate Tumors" by Sara Lyle

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Unread 04-21-2006, 09:42 AM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

I want an "I hate tumours" t shirt.

It was a good article, I found it interesting when she described radiation as feeling sunburnt inside - that's exactly how I described it. Very sad - she was very young.

I watched Tyra all through my recovery from surgery, for some strange reason they are not showing it here, but I remember thinking that I wished she'd do something on cervical cancer.

Thank you!

Z x
Unread 04-21-2006, 10:01 AM
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Wow. What an article.

It's very good, but I am glad I didn't read that a year ago. It just scared me all over again...but hopefully it will scare some women into getting their paps done!
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Unread 04-21-2006, 11:15 AM
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I have a subscription to Jane, so I saw the article when it came out, and I just read it again. It's very powerful - especially Heather's age, and the heartwrenching story of her decline and death. I really hope it will help girls like me, in their early 20s (well, everyone really) to take this seriously and be ever vigilant. I just sat here crying. I'm so glad I had my hysterectomy when I did - or that could be me. It also makes me want to be SO careful of getting regularly checked even now to make sure it doesn't come back. It scares me a little that I haven't really been checked since my hyst in 2004. Thanks so much for sharing.
Unread 04-21-2006, 11:59 AM
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Thank you for posting that article. I have to admit, It's more than a little scary to read about someone so young dying. In the back of my head, when I think about what my future holds, I always remind myself that I'm lucky I'm young - that my body can take it. But I guess in reality, if it's your time, it just is. I will keep fighting, and hopefully, I will win my battle.
Unread 04-21-2006, 01:37 PM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Thank you for posting the article, Even though I have tears flowing from my eyes after reading it. I saw the previews for that Tyra episode last night and was glad to hear she was having an episode as such.

I get so angry though I guess because I feel there should be more done. I have come to realize one thing, many times the younger you are the less investigation a Dr will do. For instance "Bleeding or spotting after sex" Ok ladies..this should NOT happen and it is not normal. This was one of my first signs that I had Uterine Cancer...But guess what..My Dr told me it was "Positional" ..and I believed him...But 2 years later when I was ready to have a child and was having trouble conceiving ..well now every test in the world was done...even found a polyp in the cervix that was actually stemming from the uterus...I was still spotting after sex...biopsy says--You have Uterine Cancer.

Sorry for my ranting..I guess I needed to vent..Ya think??

Hugs to all and I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather

Unread 04-21-2006, 02:16 PM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

I am forwarding this article to every woman I know, and pointing out that anyone with young daughters, friends or relatives should keep their eyes open for this vaccine. I don't think it's really mainstream knowledge yet.


Tricia, I hear you. I was going through fertility tests as well, when a polyp was found, proclaimed NOT to be cancer, spotting for about 5 weeks...bla bla bla. "Well, blow me down - it IS cancer! Gee, sorry about that, heh heh."

After 20 years of normal paps too.

</end rant>
Unread 04-21-2006, 03:17 PM
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that was an inspiring, heart wrenching story...

thank you for sharing it with us...

no one thinks it will ever happen to them...it might happen to someone else, but never to me...the article brought back alot of memories...sometimes it's hard to go back to that time of diagnosis...
Unread 04-21-2006, 09:41 PM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Hi,Great story!!! I have CIN III and am having treatment next week.After never having had an abnormal pap until recently,there need's to be more information out there for women of all ages.Hopefully the awareness will grow and other's will not have to go through this.Take care!
Unread 04-22-2006, 07:42 AM
Cervical Cancer Awareness

Thanks for posting the article, Piper. It was a well-written tribute from a friend to one...and it could be life-saving.

I'm encouraging everyone who reads this thread to buy the May 2006 issue of the Better Homes and Gardens. In this issue, there's a pull-out section with a postcard that can be sent to a friend. The post-card says "Did you know that cervical cancer is caused by certain types of a common virus?" and then goes on to explain about HPV. At the end of the explanation is the slogan, "tell someone." It's a Merck campaign. The card also says that you can send an E-card but when I went to the website, I could not find a link to a card, but it does contain information about HPV.

Thanks again,

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