I'm really psyched to kick off the "Reality Check: What Young Women Don't Know about Cervical Cancer" campaign during January's Cervical Health Awareness Month.
I heard a lot of stories from cervical cancer survivors at the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) Race to End Women's Cancer in DC last November. It made me feel even luckier to be working with GSK and GCF to educate young women like me about cervical cancer and what we can do to help protect ourselves now and for the future.
Like many young women, I didn't realize that I was at risk for cervical cancer and was surprised to learn that cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in their twenties and thirties in the US! I also didn't really know just how important it is to maintain my cervical health--for so many reasons.
I'm determined to help get the word out to young women that we have the power to help protect ourselves from cervical cancer! It's so important for us to talk to our doctors about how we can protect our cervical health. Women shouldn't have to suffer from cervical cancer when there are things we can do to help prevent this disease.
For more "Reality Check" information, check out the web site at www.cervicalcancercampaign.org/realitycheck
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