Kris Rhodes, CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, is a survivor of stage 0 cervical cancer, and a champion of regular Pap screenings.

At 22 years old, a routine Pap test came back abnormal, she shares with the American Indian Cancer Foundation’s website, and when she visited her tribal clinic for follow-up care, they found stage 0 carcinoma in situ.

Kris and her doctors were able to quickly seek out treatment options, and following initial surgery, she continued to return to the doctor every three to six months for routine Pap tests to ensure that her test results were normal and that the cancer was treated successfully.

“Had I not had a Pap test, [the cancer] would have progressed…My message is that regular screening meant an early diagnosis for me. I had minimal treatment compared to someone with a more advanced cancer stage diagnosis.”

Read more of Kris’ story here.