Take Rachel’s word for it – you don’t want to wait until you have a health scare to start getting regular Pap tests. A screening should be a part of every woman’s routine check up. As Rachel says, it’s a sure way to be a better you.
For the last month, you guys have followed along my postpartum journey, where I finally advocated for myself, refused to accept the pain I was in was just the aftermath of a vaginal delivery, and discovered a mass. After a Pap, countless blood draws, two biopsies and a removal surgery later, I can finally announce that I am okay. 😭🙏🏻 More than okay. I’m me again. Maybe even a better me, because I’m even more grateful for every moment I get with my family.
The Pap test has been leading the fight against cervical cancer for decades. Before introduction of Pap testing, cervical cancer was the #1 cancer killer of women. Now, it’s #14.
That’s a drastic difference.
But now proposed changes to the guidelines could eliminate the Pap, leaving thousands of women vulnerable to an incomplete and lower standard of testing.
We can’t let that happen.
I can admit to you that I wouldn’t have been as passionate about this before my health scare but it shouldn’t take a scare for us to support women’s healthcare. For the health of all women, both the Pap and HPV tests should remain a part of women’s routine wellness screening.