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January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month

January is Cervical Cancer Screening Month

Cervical cancer is the second leading cancer in women worldwide. This year in the United States, more than 11,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 4,000 women will die of this disease. Unlike other cancers, cervical cancer is almost always preventable because we know what causes it - HPV infection - and we have the tools available to prevent this cancer. With proper screening and vaccination, no woman should lose her fertility to or die of this disease. HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection that 3 of 4 adults will have at some time in their lives. Most of these infections go away on their own without treatment. Infections that do not go away on their own can lead to cervical cancer. A Pap test is the traditional method used for cervical cancer screening. An HPV test identifies women who are infected with high-risk types of HPV that could potentially lead to cervical cancer. Clinical studies suggest that screening with both a Pap test and an HPV test offers women aged 30 and older the best protection against cervical cancer. HPV vaccines, recommended for 11- to 12-year-old girls and approved for young women up to age 26, have been shown to be highly effective at preventing infection with the two most common types of HPV that cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancers. HPV vaccination does not protect against all the HPV types that can cause cervical cancer; thus, women who have been vaccinated still need to be screened.
Created on: Thursday, December 30 2010
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Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

"Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." ~Emory Austin
Created on: Friday, April 23 2010
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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma, or Malignant Mesothelioma, is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs, the mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos. Its most common site is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, but it may also occur in the lining of the abdominal cavity, the heart, and the sac that surrounds the heart. Most people who develop Mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways. Smoking does not necessarily cause Mesothelioma but it greatly increases the risk of other asbestos-induced cancers. The symptoms include shortness of breath, chest wall pain, and weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected with chest X-ray and CT scan, and is confirmed with a tissue sample and microscopic examination. A tube with a camera inserted into the chest can be used to take biopsies. Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis.
Created on: Tuesday, December 14 2010
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Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer

This group welcomes everyone. If you have cervical cancer, survived cervical cancer, supported someone going through it or even if you are just interested to find out about Cervical cancer then this chat room is for you.
Created on: Tuesday, January 11 2011
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