I know we talk about a lot of fun stuff here at PinkLouLou, however sometimes we gotta change up the scene and talk about something serious!
And that is what we are doing today.
I got an email about a month ago from a sweet girl at UK (woop woop go CATS!) named Taylor asking for my help! Now bless her heart I know she thinks I forgot about her, but I sure did not! Just took me awhile ;)
Anyhoo, Taylor is working on Cervical Cancer Free Kentucky’s “Cause the Movement” initiative, aimed at educating Kentucky women (and really women everywhere!) about cervical cancer, prevention, and treatment.
This is an issue that is very close to my heart, as I have many loved friends who have dealt with this!
A few facts here friends:
1. Kentucky has the 8th highest rate of cervical cancer! EEEK!
2. Today, there is only one anti-cancer vaccine available. This vaccine prevents more than 90 percent of a kind of cancer that has killed hundreds of Kentucky women in the last decade. A kind of cancer that kills 10 women each day in the United States. A kind of cancer that is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.
3. The primary cause of cervical cancer is the HPV virus, which infects 20 million Americans, according to the National Institutes for Health. NIH estimates that another six million Americans are infected with HPV each year.
4. Now this part is astonishing, 1/5 of Kentucky women 18 and older have not had a Pap test in the last three years and fewer than one in NINE have received the full three-shot HPV vaccine series!!
WHAT?!? That shocks me people, this is preventative!!
We can dramatically reduce the overall incidence of HPV and cervical cancer in our population in 3 steps:
1. Educating ourselves about cervical cancer, prevention, and treatment;
2. Increasing the number of women who get cervical cancer prevention screenings, and who seek follow up treatment and/or testing when screening yield abnormal results; and
3. Encouraging both females ages 9-26, and males ages 11-26, to get the HPV vaccine series, as recommended by the CDC.
So basically Cervical Cancer Free Kentucky program launched the campaign Cervical Cancer Free Kentucky, to make progress on these goals.
I encourage you all, my beloved friends, family (and precious blog friends I have never met!) to visit and like their Facebook page to spread the word! The majority of women who die from cervical cancer either failed to get Pap tests or they got them too infrequently. Every Kentucky girl could be cervical cancer-worry free if she gets vaccinated, has regular Pap tests and gets appropriate follow up care for abnormal results!
Ladies, this is SO SO important! I felt super compelled to just help get the word out there. I got these vaccines years ago in college I suppose, whenever they came out! If I can influence even one girl about ANYTHING, this would be it! Not about what foundation to wear, or how to attain the perfectly styled poof (while these are important!), but how to keep yourself safe, and cancer free!
Thanks for reading girls, and make sure you share with your sisters, friends, co- workers, all the loved women in your life!