“Not everyone…has access to screenings and tests that can save their lives. Many cancers, like breast and cervical cancer, are asymptomatic until it’s too late. That’s why everyone with a cervix, no matter what community they are from or what their income level happens to be, should have access to regular Pap screenings as part of their wellness examinations. Lacking this basic right unnecessarily endangers many lives. It is our bodies on the line, so we should have all the entitlement to save them.”
Prioritizing Pap for All
Shelsy felt a lump in her chest when she was in high school, and her fears of financially inconveniencing her family with medical bills kept her from being open about her scare. The experience taught her how important it is for all people regardless of economic status to have access to screenings, tests, and care, including the life saving Pap test.