Cervical cancer is a dangerous disease that affects women across the globe. Advances in detection, treatment and prevention of cervical cancer in years past have helped us make great advances in defeating it, but the fight is not over. Cervical cancer affects women from all walks of life, both in and out of the spotlight. Recently, sports broadcaster, TV personality and cervical cancer survivor Erin Andrews joined Hologic, a leader in women’s health, in a new campaign to encourage all women to learn more about their cervical health and ensure they have tested according to the latest guidelines.
“As a survivor of cervical cancer,” Erin says, “I think it’s time we got something straight. It’s not just a treatable disease. It’s preventable.”1
Pap testing is one type of test used during a cervical cancer screening. It detects the presence of abnormal cells on a woman’s cervix, which could indicate cervical disease, precancer or cancer. HPV testing is another type of test, which detects the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that may cause cervical cancer.
For women ages 30-65, guidelines recommend regular testing with both Pap + HPV together.2-3 95% of cervical cancers are detected by testing with both Pap + HPV together.4 From just a single sample, your doctor can perform both a Pap test and an HPV test.
We Must Keep Fighting
Even though we’ve made advances in cervical cancer testing, treatment and prevention, cervical cancer is far from defeated. Every 2 hours 1 woman dies of cervical cancer.5 We’d like you to join Erin and Hologic in helping to change this stat by committing to regular testing and encouraging the women you love to do so as well.
Together, we can reduce the number of women dying of cervical cancer. To do that, we all need to commit to annual exams.