President of Planned Parenthood Shares Her Story of Cervical Cancer with SELF
Jan 30, 2019

As we come to the close of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Lena Wen, President of Planned Parenthood shares her story about being diagnosed with cervical cancer when she was 27 years old, and the impact it made on her life, both personally and professionally.

Below is an excerpt from the article published in Self.

When I was in medical school, I went to my student health center for an annual checkup and Pap test. It was a routine visit, and I had no reason to expect anything out of the ordinary.  A week later, my doctor told me that my results were abnormal, and I would need to be retested—a phrase uttered to more than 3 million women in the U.S. each year.

Then three weeks later came the diagnosis: “You have what could be early cervical cancer.”

I was in shock. I had just studied the reproductive system as part of my coursework, and I’d been startled to learn the statistics: Every day, 35 women across the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, according to data from the CDC. Hundreds more are diagnosed with precursors that could lead to it….

More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year, including a disproportionate amount of women of color. Black and Hispanic women are diagnosed with cervical cancer at higher rates than white women are, and they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, making it harder to treat.

Dr. Wen, eventually became the President of Planned Parenthood to ensure that all women have access to timely vaccinations and health screenings.  Read Dr. Wen’s full story on SELF.com.

Visit our Vaccinate Your Family website to learn more about the HPV vaccine to protect against human papillomavirus, a common virus that can cause genital warts and six types of cancer  – cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penis and throat cancers (oropharyngeal cancer).

 

 


Related Posts

By Dr. G. Panisri Rao I’m a family physician and a mother of two. My kids — ages five and seven — are both vaccinated against COVID. Here’s why. We know that even though...

Note: This post has been updated to reflect the latest CDC recommendations, as of November 19, 2021.  There’s been a lot of confusion lately over COVID vaccine boosters and third doses. What is the...


5 responses to “COVID Vaccine Boosters: What You Need to Know”

  1. Elizabeth Engelhardt says:

    I have a question. Should I still go get my booster shot even if my husband is at home with Covid or should I wait?

  2. Georgia says:

    I really found this blog post useful and completely agree with you in so many ways. The more I research vaccines the more I realise just how important getting the jab is. I had my first dose last Monday and I feel 1 step closer to living a normal life or the “new” normal. Whether it is the new normal or the old normal it is one step closer regardless of the circumstances. I read an article by (Orenstein & Ahmed, 2017) that explains the importance of getting vaccinated not only for personal protection, however, also for the community and cities that live around us. I related this article to your blog post when I read what you stated about ” feel like I am in a cocoon that is warm and safe watching the world go by.” This really sums up how lockdowns and isolation can feel like during COVID-19. This is why getting vaccinated is not only important for ourselves and overall health & protection but it is also important that we do for the people around us so we can see our loved ones again from all around the world and close. Thank you for writing about this really important topic, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  3. May please schedule a (Covid ) booster shot for my 88 year old husband and myself…I am 81, as as soon as possible at store #6614 . We live on Main Street in Bothell. 98011

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.