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  •  I've been Stage IV cervical cancer for 5 years (13+ / 0-)

    And it came down to HPV 16.  Unlike many girlfriends, I had regular pap smears all my life.  The "abnormalities" would come and go and nobody made a big deal out of it.  It was only because my gyn had just attended a Montreal conference on HPV that further testing was done in 1999; a cone biopsy under general anesthetic which found the cancer high up in the cervix.  If it hadn't been for her diligence, it might have taken another year or more to display through a pap.  The result was a radical abdominal hysterectomy - an operation I hope no one reading this ever has to go through.

    Two years later, with constant follow-up, I'm told to conclude my business on this whirling globe; so in a way, since that was five years ago, every day is a bonus.

    I'm part of the early feminist wave, instrumental in forming those notorius feminist self-exam clinics, an early adopter of the Boston womens' "Our Bodies, Ourselves" ... my point being that even with extreme oversight, cervical cancer can be a slippery beast.

    As an at least temporary survivor, my heart goes out to you, Palladiate. Even though I'd checked out mentally as I was being told what my future bore, I still remember the whispered awe in the voice of my gyn as she explained the odds and remarked, "This is such a brutal disease." Brutal in its sneakiness and ten times brutal in its (current) treatments.

    Parents should guard their children early.  Give them the goddamn vaccine.

    •  Bless you, jakbeau. (1+ / 0-)
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      by Pandoras Box on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:05:33 AM PDT

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    •  It's a myth (1+ / 0-)
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      that if you're careful and diligent, you can avoid any type of cancer.

      I'm part of the early feminist wave, instrumental in forming those notorius feminist self-exam clinics, an early adopter of the Boston womens' "Our Bodies, Ourselves" ... my point being that even with extreme oversight, cervical cancer can be a slippery beast.

      Politicians and diapers need to be changed frequently -- often for the same reason.

      by KnowVox on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:18:08 AM PDT

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    •  The best to you jakbeau (0+ / 0-)

      It's critical for people to know that annual papsmears are not a guarantee...you need to make the doctors follow up on those abnormalities. With the way the dysplasia can come and it sometimes causes doctors to think everything is fine. It is also important to let a new doctor know of any previous test results....

      In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King Jr.

      by jennybravo on Sat May 19, 2007 at 04:23:16 AM PDT

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