“Did you know that cervical cancer was once the number one cancer-related killer of individuals with cervixes, but since the introduction of the Pap test, that number has dropped to fifteen? Still, even with these amazing advances, 1 in 5 cervical cancer cases are missed due to screening with HPV testing alone. So how can we help ensure that we have more complete testing? It’s important to have access to 2 tests – both the Pap and the HPV co-test – instead of just the HPV test alone! Studies and statistics show that the Pap and HPV co-test in particular has caught 94.1% of cervical cancers and 99.7% of cervical pre-cancers, and has successfully identified 70% of cancers that were missed by the HPV test alone. Although it seems clear that all individuals with a cervix should have uninhibited access to the combined Pap + HPV co-test, new regulations are endangering access to these screenings!“
What Do You Think of When You Hear “Women’s Health”?
Sara thinks of a comprehensive healthy lifestyle full of exercise, a healthy diet, and staying on top of wellness visits and health care screenings. One life-saving screening that every individual with a cervix should undergo is the Pap + HPV co-test. The co-test is important as it detects cervical cancer in its earliest stages, drastically increasing the chance of successful treatment. Continue reading to learn more and join Sara as she defends access to the co-test by signing the petition above: