Walibel knows that staying on top of her health doesn’t mean reacting to problems. In her mind, women must be vigilant about monitoring their bodies at all times, checking for issues before they arise. That’s why she believes in the importance of the pap smear.
“I have spoken on multiple occasions about the importance of Pap smears & today I would love to speak about it further. Did you know that before Pap screenings, cervical cancer was the #1 cause of cancer deaths in women? Today it’s #14. I didn’t know that, which is why I encourage every woman to be vigilant at every health stage. Regular Pap screenings and early detection can save our lives. Cervical cancer can spread to other parts of the body (metastasize), often the lungs, liver, bladder, vagina, and rectum.
My Mom is a cancer survivor, and she always reminds me of the importance of having regular check ups and also informed me about different types of cancers and their causes. I was surprised to find out that cervical cancer can not only be caused by HPV but also by things like birth control, especially if you are on it for 5 years or more like me. Meaning, that even if we are not sexually active, we are at risk. This is why all women should have access to testing that could potentially save our lives. I will be making my appointment & so should you!”