cervical cancer

Can anyone get HPV?

Someone asked us:

My teacher told me only women get HPV and not men; I don’t think that’s right or true. Could I get some clarification?

You’re right on this one. Anyone can get HPV— which is why it’s so important for everyone to get the HPV vaccine. There are a lot of different types of HPV, and most of them go away on their own and don’t cause cancer — but sometimes HPV can lead to cancer of the cervix, vagina, vulva, anus, penis, mouth or throat. The type of cancer that’s most often caused by HPV is cervical cancer, which is why some people associate HPV with people who have a cervix.

Unfortunately there’s no HPV test for people who are packing a penis. Those of us with a cervix can go to a doctor for an HPV or Pap test to look for HPV or any HPV-caused abnormal cells. HPV is super common, but the problems it can cause are easily treated when caught early.

Hope this helps!

-Kellie at Planned Parenthood

 

Let this sink in - a list of pre-existing conditions lost under #Trumpcare: 

Rape, C-section, AIDS/HIV, acid reflux, acne, ADD, addiction, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anemia, aneurysm, angioplasty, anorexia, anxiety, arrhythmia, arthritis, asthma, atrial fibrillation, autism, bariatric surgery, basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disorder, blood clot, breast cancer, bulimia, bypass surgery, celiac disease, cerebral aneurysm, cerebral embolism, cerebral palsy, cerebral thrombosis, cervical cancer, colon cancer, colon polyps, congestive heart failure, COPD, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, DMD, depression, diabetes, disabilities, Down syndrome, eating disorder, enlarged prostate, epilepsy, glaucoma, gout, heart disease, heart murmur, heartburn, hemophilia, hepatitis C, herpes, high cholesterol, hypertension, hysterectomy, kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney transplant, leukemia, lung cancer, lupus, lymphoma, mental health issues, migraines, MS, muscular dystrophy, narcolepsy, nasal polyps, obesity, OCD, organ transplant, osteoporosis, pacemaker, panic disorder, paralysis, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, restless leg syndrome, schizophrenia, seasonal affective disorder, seizures, sickle cell disease, skin cancer, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, stent, stroke, thyroid issues, tooth disease, tuberculosis, ulcers. 

This cannot pass the Senate, too – contact your senators, people!

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Today is the first day of Women’s History Month, Tumblr. For the next 31 days we’re going to celebrate women’s accomplishments, honor women’s stories, and draw attention to struggles women are still facing, even in 2017.

How we’re celebrating:

This special Women’s History Month explore page will be frequently updated with the top WHM posts found on Tumblr, because the best stuff always comes from you. Answer Times will be held, and important topics will be explored over on Action (@action). We also made some highly relevant stickers for you to put on your photos and GIFs, available right now in the Tumblr app. Take a look:

Why this matters:

👆 See that Planned Parenthood sticker? While we’ve got plenty to celebrate, we also have crucial fights to fight. Women around the world are currently facing the possible revocation of basic human rights and access to adequate health care. Here in the US, Planned Parenthood (@plannedparenthood) is set to lose all federal funding. 5 million people use PP’s services every single year. That includes access to sex education, birth control, prenatal care, STD testing, cervical cancer screenings, abortions, and so much more.

How to help:

We ask that you join us in donating to this irreplaceable non-profit or help out any other way you can, if you have the means for either. If you don’t, maybe you know someone who does. Could you pass it along to them?

Tumblr stands with Planned Parenthood. Tumblr stands with women everywhere, regardless of sexuality, race, religion, or gender identity. We’re in this together.

Oh, and If you’re attending SXSW this year, we’d like to invite you to a couple things jointly held by Tumblr and Planned Parenthood. There will be a panel on activism and a rally featuring live performances by Sleigh Bells, Girlpool (@girlpoool), Hoops, and PVRIS (@thisispvris). Find the details here.

What does it mean if I need a colposcopy?

Someone asked us:

I have received an abnormal pap smear and have been called in for a colposcopy. Is it likely that this is HPV?


Yes - it is likely that the abnormal cells detected from your Pap test are the result of HPV. But no need to freak out yet - there are more than 100 types of HPV (human papilloma virus), and most have no harmful effect at all and go away on their own. Certain types of HPV may cause cell changes that sometimes lead to cervical cancer and certain other genital and throat cancers. These are called high-risk types.

A colposcopy will provide a closer look at whatever cervical cell changes were detected during your Pap test. During a colposcopy, a health care provider uses a colposcope — an instrument that looks like a pair of binoculars with a bright light mounted on a stand. Depending on what the health care provider sees, they’ll either recommend a follow-up Pap test in a few months, or they’ll collect a small amount of tissue in order to perform a biopsy. 

Sometimes, the biopsy is also the treatment. The health care provider may be able to remove all of the abnormal cells during the colposcopy and biopsy procedure. If so, no further treatment is needed.

Another procedure may be needed for further treatment if it’s determined you do have pre-cancerous cells. The following procedures are very effective at removing the abnormal areas of the cervix and preventing cervical cancer:

• Cryotherapy — abnormal tissue is frozen off

• LEEP — abnormal tissue is removed using a thin wire loop that carries an electrical current

• Laser — abnormal tissue is destroyed with a laser beam

• Cone biopsy — a cone-shaped wedge is cut out of the cervix

You should know that HPV is extremely common, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that as many as 80 percent of women — and 50 percent of men and women combined — will get HPV at some point in their lives. However, most of those infections go away or are suppressed by the body within one to two years, without causing any problems that require treatment. 

Learn more about HPV.

- Emily at Planned Parenthood

Study reveals black women are far more likely to die from cervical cancer than white women

  • The study, published Monday in the medical journal Cancer, found that death rates from cervical cancer in the United States are significantly higher than prior research had calculated. 
  • The gap between black women and white women was also wider, with black women dying at nearly twice the rate of their white counterparts.
  • “[These] disparities are even worse than we feared,” Dr. Kathleen M. Schmeler, an associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, told the NY Times
  • "We have screenings that are great, but many women in America are not getting them. And now I have even more concerns going forward, with the [likely] repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which covers screening, and the closing of family planning clinics, which do much of that screening.” Read more

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Please Help My Friend Avoid Eviction

Lovies, babes, chronic illness friends, and my Ehlers-Danlos family - a dear friend of mine is in dire need of help in order to not be evicted from her home. I can vouch for her and her situation.

Donate via PayPal at mandolyn.orrell@gmail.com

She has EDS with cardiovascular involvement (cvEDS) as well as the standard hypermobility, pain, and dislocations. She was also just diagnosed last month with cervical cancer. She’s in the middle of several surgeries and facing possible chemo and radiation treatments if those don’t get it all. She’s also currently battling insurance for a power assist wheelchair, which they don’t want to cover.

She was illegally fired from her job last year for disclosing her EDS diagnosis, and is in the middle of several complaints and actions against the employer. In the meantime she’s driving for uber while looking for other work, but isn’t able to make ends meet on that alone. She is also raising her three nieces due to her sister’s death a few years ago from EDS related heart complications. Please help this family stay together in their home if you have anything to spare. I’d greatly appreciate any reblogs or sharing, especially among other chronic illness and disabled community blogs, even if you can’t spare $$$.

Donate via PayPal at mandolyn.orrell@gmail.com

What its like to be in your early 20′s with a chronic illness

Or in my case, multiple chronic illnesses.
1. Drinking: hahahahahahaha not with that medication babe. And if you can at all, very lightly. 

2. Going out: It depends on what the plans are, either way be prepared to cancel last minute and fear all of your friends hate you. Oh and if its for food, be prepared to have a massive anxiety attack about what you can/can’t each. Oh and if your intestines are going to explode in the middle of dinner.

3. Relationships: Constant fear that they are going to leave you because you are “always sick” “you never feel good”. Dates will be rare. Sex will be rare.

4. Sleep: You ALWAYS want it. Sometimes you lay there in agonizing pain and can’t seem to sleep. Sometimes you can’t wake up. Just depends on the day.

Through all of the good and bad days you have to grit your teeth and push through. You go to work when you want to stay home and rest your joints. You go to class, even though you have to get up every five minutes and puke. You try your hardest to have/keep conversations with people, even though you are jealous of their adventures and “spending money”. You choose which medication and which doctor bill you can afford out of your paycheck. You laugh, and tell everyone “yeah yeah one day I will have kids.” When you know your own medical conditions (and the fear of passing it on) will prevent that completely. Plus who would want to marry someone that was “always sick”.

On the evening of 19 February, 1994, Gloria Ramirez was rushed to the emergency room of Riverside Hospital, California. And here was the beginning of one of the world’s most baffling medical mysteries.

Gloria had been suffering from the effects of advanced cervical cancer. She was immensely confused as well as suffering from tachycardia and Cheyene-Strokes respiration. When she arrived at the hospital, she was injected with several drugs including diazepam and lorazepam to keep her sedated. Gloria immediately started responding to the drugs negatively leading doctors to defibrillate her heart. It was now that doctors began to notice some oddities.

There appeared to be an oily sheen which was covering Gloria’s body and a fruity, garlic, odour emanated from her. When a nurse attempted to draw blood from Gloria, she noticed an ammonia-like smell. When another nurse attempted to draw blood, she noticed particles floating in the blood. Suddenly, the nurse fainted, followed by another nurse and another nurse. In total, 23 people within the vicinity of Gloria became ill with 5 being hospitalised. Gloria was soon afterwards pronounced dead with the cause of death being listed as kidney failure.

The main theory was that Gloria had been using dimethyl sulfoxide as a way to alleviate her pain. Two months after her death, her decomposed body was released to her family who wanted an independent autopsy. Their pathologist could not determine a cause of death. Gloria became known as the “toxic lady.”


I found this on Facebook:

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If you or a loved one have a pre-existing condition, your insurance premiums and deductibles will skyrocket under the Republican (non) healthcare plan, or may be denied coverage. Pre-existing conditions include, but are not limited to:

AIDS/HIV,
acid reflux,
acne,
ADD,
addiction,
Alzheimer’s/dementia,
anemia,
aneurysm,
angioplasty,
anorexia,
anxiety,
arrhythmia,
arthritis,
asthma,
atrial fibrillation,
autism,
bariatric surgery,
basal cell carcinoma,
bipolar disorder,
blood clot,
breast cancer,
bulimia,
bypass surgery,
celiac disease,
cerebral aneurysm,
cerebral embolism,
cerebral palsy,
cerebral thrombosis,
cervical cancer,
colon cancer,
colon polyps,
congestive heart failure,
COPD,
Crohn’s disease,
cystic fibrosis,
DMD,
depression,
diabetes,
disabilities,
Down syndrome,
eating disorder,
enlarged prostate,
epilepsy,
glaucoma,
gout,
heart disease,
heart murmur,
heartburn,
hemophilia,
hepatitis C,
herpes,
high cholesterol,
hypertension,
hysterectomy,
kidney disease,
kidney stones,
kidney transplant,
leukemia,
lung cancer,
lupus,
lymphoma,
mental health issues,
migraines,
MS,
muscular dystrophy,
narcolepsy,
nasal polyps,
obesity,
OCD,
organ transplant,
osteoporosis,
pacemaker,
panic disorder,
paralysis,
paraplegia,
Parkinson’s disease,
pregnancy,
restless leg syndrome,
schizophrenia,
seasonal affective disorder,
seizures,
sickle cell disease,
skin cancer,
sleep apnea,
sleep disorders,
stent,
stroke,
thyroid issues,
tooth disease,
tuberculosis, and
ulcers

Republicans in Congress have exempted themselves and their staff members from losing the ACA protections that cover pre-existing conditions.

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A decade on, vaccine has halved cervical cancer rate
The world's first cancer vaccine has halved the number of new cervical cancers ten years after it was first administered in Australia.

The world’s first cancer vaccine was administered in Australia exactly 10 years ago.

Since then, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine has been rolled out across 130 countries and halved the number of new cervical cancers.

The HPV vaccine also protects against cancers in the throat and mouth in both men and women.

Prof Ian Frazer said the vaccine could eradicate cancers caused by HPV within 40 years.

“It helps not only control cervical cancer but also the oropharyngeal cancer - the cancers inside the mouth that are caused by these viruses,” Prof Frazer, chief executive of the Translational Research Institute, said.

“If we vaccinate enough people we will eliminate these viruses because they only infect humans. And in Australia there’s already been a 90% reduction in infections in the 10 years the programme has been running.”

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Donald Trump gives states green light to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood

  • President Donald Trump took a big swing at Planned Parenthood on Thursday, signing off on legislation that would allow states to withhold Title X funds from abortion providers.
  • Vice President Mike Pence had all but sealed the deal on March 30, when he cast the deciding vote both in a procedural vote and in the final vote landing the bill on Trump’s desk.
  • Title X funds go toward services like cervical and breast cancer screenings, birth control, STI treatment and well-woman exams — not abortion, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, which bans any federal dollars from funding abortion services.
  • Nevertheless, the Trump administration was happy to move forward with a measure that Planned Parenthood says impacts more than four million of their patients. Read more. (4/13/2017 3:08 PM)
Gynecologic Cancer Warning Signs

Warning Symptoms:

I kind of feel like I need to post this every few months. Keep an eye out for this stuff, ladies. 

  • Indigestion, heartburn, nausea, or gas
  • Abdominal swelling or discomfort
  • Pelvic pain or cramping
  • Bloating or a sense of fullness, even after small meals
  • Backache
  • Painful, frequent, or burning urination with no infection
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Loss of appetite or unintentional weight loss or gain
  • Vaginal bleeding or irregular periods
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge after menopause
  • Pain during intercourse

Adventures of Sarah and Uterus!

“Have to have a little fun when you have surgery. What is better fun than a plush organ wearing a beast mode bandanna?” - Sarah

What does an abnormal Pap test mean for my partner and me?

Someone asked us:

Hi I recently got an abnormal papsmear and I was told I have hpv? but I didn’t have it last year my bf and i are exclusive with each other. Does this mean my bf now has it as well? And what if I’m trying to have a baby?? please help me understand I’m very stressed out.

I’m sorry you’re so stressed out. The truth is there’s probably nothing to be scared of just yet. HPV is very very common — most people will get it at some point in their lives.

Sometimes HPV is dormant and doesn’t show symptoms or show up on a Pap test until months or years after getting it, so it’s pretty much impossible to know when you got it or from whom. It’s possible your boyfriend has it, and it’s possible he had it first (just because HPV didn’t show up in your Pap last year doesn’t mean it wasn’t in your body). And there’s no HPV test for men, so there’s really no way to know if he has it.

The good news is that HPV usually clears up on its own. You may need to have Pap tests done more often for a while to see if it goes away on its own or not. If it doesn’t, your doctor can give you tests/treatment in the future to keep you healthy. And you can absolutely have a totally healthy pregnancy if you have HPV. If the HPV does progress and eventually needs treatment, you’re still very likely to have a totally healthy pregnancy. Just make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations for how often you should get Pap tests so they can keep an eye on it.

Learn more about HPV and Pap tests>>

Hope this helps!

-Julia at Planned Parenthood

Run then Hug

When you find out you have cancer:

- There is no big production behind telling you that you have cancer.  "Well, lets look at your test results.  Oh.  Ok.  You have positive margins.  Did you want to have kids?“

- If it’s cancer of your lady parts, they wait until you’ve undressed from the waist down and are covered in the paper sheet to tell you.  Maybe so you can’t run?  Maybe so you don’t think about the fact that you have no britches on?  Maybe just for fun?  Who knows.

 - After you find out, you will want to punch the perky receptionist in the face.  I promise.

- When you’re 29, kid-less, and find out you have cervical cancer at your OB-Gyn office…and every other woman there is 8 months pregnant and glowing…you will secretly want to steal one of their babies and run.  Again, maybe the reason for the no pants/white sheet.

- Despite what popular culture makes you believe, there is no sudden desire to cook meth.

- Sometimes when you’re sick, you don’t feel sick at all, and that is fucking awesome.

- You have no control over how people act when you tell them.  My best advice, yell it really quickly and run away like when you were a kid telling your mom you broke the lamp.  Then, wait until the fallout is clear, make a funny face or do a little jig, and it’s all good (hopefully).  Some people will still want to hug you.  Hug them, they need it more than you.

- If you want to go back to work after you find out, that’s okay.  Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  You do what you need to do!

- People will look at you like you are going to drop dead, right now, in front of them.  You won’t.  You’re okay.  That’s their problem, not yours.

- You cry, in your car, alone, for a minute.  Then…you’re alright.  Crying doesn’t fix it and you’ve got to get out of this damn parking lot somehow, so you turn her on, put her in drive and head on out (to possibly buy a peanut butter square because damn it, you deserve it!).

- Tomorrow happens. 

You look into Trump’s eyes and you see the fear and confusion of a man who has just been told he’s got stage-four cervical cancer. He is a super-villain in a world without heroes, a man so obnoxious and unhappy that karma may see him reincarnated as himself. You kind of wish he’d get therapy, but at this stage it’s like hiring a window cleaner for a burning building. It’s still difficult to classify him exactly: he’s not a classic Nazi, but would burn books if his supporters knew how to read.
—  Frankie Boyle
My coworker found out she has cervical cancer
  • Me: How are you feeling today?
  • Coworker: Today I woke up and decided to be happy, no more pity parties.
  • Me: You can have my cervix, you can have any of my body parts.
  • Coworker: You are so sweet. But I don't need any body parts, they have to cut parts of me out. I am just going to be empty.
  • Me: No, see what happened is your heart is so big your body had to lose something make room.