Who better than an internationally experienced doctor like Shirin to advocate for the Pap, which has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, not only in the U.S., but around the world?
“As a physician and more importantly as a woman, I’m passionate about using my voice to advocate for issues, health related and otherwise, that affect us.
Prior to the invention of the Pap test, cervical cancer was the #1 deadliest cancer in women. However, the discover and subsequent widespread use of the Pap smear has reduced it to #14. That is pretty incredible. I still remember assisting in a colposcopy clinic during my OBGYN rotation as a medical student, and learning all about how the Pap smear screening test can detect early cervical changes in women as young as those in their 20s. This early detection can be life saving.
Since the vast majority of you who are reading this are women, today I want to encourage you to take advantage of the health screenings available to us and check in with your primary care doctor or OBGYN. Find out if you’re due for your first/next Pap test. Let’s remember to take control of our health and do what we can to protect it.”