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Did This Cervical Cancer Commercial Get Your Attention During The Oscars?

The Academy Awards are Hollywood’s Super Bowl, and just like during the big game, some noteworthy commercials aired during last night’s show. This one starts off like any ole perfume commercial, until you realize it’s not advertising some scent; the goal of the commercial is to raise awareness about cervical cancer. Did it make you stop to consider your health? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

  • British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
  • For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will show women’s basketball in a marquee “College Game Day,” along with the male teams. “Look how society tends to embrace things men do,” said UConn basketball player Tina Charles. “By now, [men's basketball players] are used to this. It’s nothing new for them. But I feel this will be a turnaround [day] for women’s basketball. Finally, we’re being acknowledged for the things we do. There will be a lot of little girls watching us.” The one-hour game day telecast will showcase some of the best players on the UCONN team. [Hartford Courant]

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Send Your Bestie An HPV E-Card. No, Really.

Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month? Yeah, me neither. Luckily the folks at Some E-Cards are all up on it. Since HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, they’ve created a line of actually funny HPV-themed cards. Check them out here. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Recommending Fewer Pap Smears Is Just Plain Nuts

I’m sorry, but are our country’s medical agencies smoking something? Just a few days after new breast cancer screening guidelines recommended mammograms only for women 50 and older and declared self-breast exams moot, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is now telling women to delay getting their first pap smear until they are 21 and to get them less often afterwards. This is pretty confusing because, until today, the rule was that women should have their first terribly uncomfortable meeting with the dreaded stirrups shortly after becoming sexual active, and that they should get a pap every year at their annual check-up. So why the change? ACOG says that in young women, HPV—the virus that can lead to cervical cancer—is very prevalent and that the huge majority of women clear the virus on their own, without any medical intervention. They say that there are only one to two cases of cervical cancer a year for every million women between the ages of 15 and 19. But because testing has become so routine, ACOG says that young women who are very unlikely to develop cervical cancer are getting invasive procedures to remove precancerous growths and cells that would clear on their own. And that they’re having complications, like injury to the cervix, that can cause problems if they have a baby. As for recommending less frequent testing, ACOG argues that cervical cancer develops slowly—it can take 10 to 20 years—so can be caught early even with less rigorous testing. [NY Times]

While these arguments sound logical, I have a hard time believing that this can be a good idea. And honestly, it makes me pretty mad. Keep reading »

RIP: Jade Goody Dies At 27, Reminding Women Everywhere To Get Pap Smears

Jade Goody died this weekend after a brief battle with cervical cancer at the young age of 27. She is survived by her two young sons and her husband. Though she probably didn’t register on your pop culture radar (she was a fixture on British reality TV), her story should serve as a reminder for all women to get regular pap smears, as a way of checking, preventing, and/or treating cervical cancer, which can spread and kill quickly. Please check out what we have written about the subject matter, after the jump, and make sure to schedule an appointment with your own doctor if it’s been more than a year since your last checkup.
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Terminal Cancer Isn’t Stopping Reality TV Star Jade Goody From Being Camera Shy

Reality TV star Jade Goody made headlines for her antics on “Big Brother” in the U.K. Instant notoriety came when she said, “I thought East Anglia was abroad.” But now she’s in the headlines for another, much more tragic reason. The 27-year-old has been fighting an uphill battle with cervical cancer since last August. Unfortunately, chemotherapy hasn’t worked to combat the cancer that is rapidly spreading throughout her body. Doctors have given the star only weeks to live. In an interview, Jade revealed how she felt when she received the news.

“I couldn’t breathe when they told me, just screamed and cried and said, ‘Can’t anyone do anything to help me!’ Because a few weeks ago when they first told me the chemo hadn’t worked they said it didn’t have to be the end.”

Jade is aware of her inevitable fate, but instead of accepting the idea that she’s dying, she’s choosing to live in the moment instead.
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