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January 19, 2011 / A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc.

Happy Paps All Around

By accident, I discovered that among other things, this is Cervical Health Awareness Month.  Needless to say, it was my official cue to schedule my annual ‘girl’ checkup. 

Most women I know, including myself, don’t delight in the thought of having their next ‘happy Pap.’  All of us ladies can definitely think of a lot of other things we’d rather be doing.  Eventually though, we ‘get around to it.’  

As a mother of two, I certainly remember being that ‘busy mom,’ continually putting myself last.  I would be sure to take the kids to the doctor, get their routine vaccinations, take my husband to his appointments and the family dog to the vet.  It was easy to let all the time in the world go by before actually stopping to remember to take care of myself.  The phrase, “Oh yeah, me!” came up a lot during those years.    

Hypothetically speaking – what if you were to schedule that annual appointment to find out that there is indeed something wrong; something needing surgery or worse?  Not an avenue I would recommend.

Did you know that 11% of Women living in the United States report that they do NOT have their regular Pap test screenings?  In the United States, about 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and approximately 3,700 women die each year from this silent killer.  High-Risk HPV Types are directly related to cervical cancer, yet many women are unaware of what HPV is or the relationship it has to cervical cancer.  In the majority of developing countries, cervical cancer remains the number-one cause of cancer-related deaths among women.

I don’t mean to use the scare factor, but sometimes we ladies need that extra boost to make time for our health; in addition to our families of course.  In short, for all you on-the-go working moms, make sure you get with the program.  Go for your routine checkup.  Why risk an infection or problem?  It’s important for you and your family.  What can you do to minimize your chances of cervical cancer?  When it comes to your personal health, it is okay to put you first – Congratulations ladies; it’s your turn!

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