Cue the wave of complaints and compliments for those growing mustaches this November. While this month is definitely off to a hairy start and lots of us have balls on the mind I thought I would take a quick second to talk about something us ladies rarely do. Last week was Cervical Cancer Awareness week, and the Canadian Cancer Society wants us ladies to know that pap tests save lives. I make sure to get checked annually but as extra motivation:
This is Shannon’s story.
Shannon Pethick was just 32-years-old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She hadn’t had a Pap test in six to seven years, which finds changes in cervical cells that could lead to cancer. Once found, these changes can be treated before they become cancer. Shannon is now cancer-free but sadly the radiation treatments she underwent put her into menopause at 32 and she’s unable to have children.
Shannon wants to prevent other women from going through the same thing, and as a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer she’s educating women about the importance of Pap tests. If you’d like to chat with Shannon she’s available by Skype, on Twitter, Facebook or even to chat over a cup of coffee.
I really encourage everyone to keep this conversation going, because at the end of the day the more people talk about this, the more people will feel comfortable getting themselves checked. Please share and follow the conversation on Twitter, or check out the Canadian Cancer Society website for more information.
If I wasn’t dating someone ridiculously wonderful this would be relevant.
It’s still funny nonetheless
When I actually meet her…
I love you @deptofhighfives.