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


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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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”.

anonymous asked:

I know this is a really daft question.. but taking T, it doesn't lower your chance of getting cervical cancer does it? The only thing that lowers your chances is a hysto I'm guessing?

No, testosterone doesn’t reduce your chances of getting cervical cancer.

If you are over 25 then you should have regular cervical screening, unless you have had a hysterectomy.

~ Alex

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

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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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
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. 

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

Conventional Pap Smear Cytology.

The Papanicolaou smear, also known as the Pap test is a screening test used in gynecology to detect premalignancy or malignacy in the ectocervix and thus used to prevent cervical cancer.

Georgios Papanikolaou was a Greek physician and was the first to describe a noninvasive technique in 1923 of gathering cellular debris from the lining of the vaginal tract to be examined on glass slides for signs of cervical cancer. Later in 1928, he introduced his low-cost test that became known as the Papanicolaou technique. However, it still faced with skepticism from the medical community.

Finally in 1941, after years of refinement and study, Papanicolaou and Traut, a gynecologist published a paper on the diagnostic value of vaginal smears.

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Don’t get the Gardasil vaccine. It can potentially kill you, make you infertile of give you a serious illness. Don’t believe me? Here are some statistics:

  • 73.3% of girls in the trials for Garasil developed new medical conditions.
  • Japan has withdrawn support for this vaccine due to it’s harmful and very severe side effects. Korea looks like it is soon to follow.
  • Over 1000 people worldwide have entered a vegetative state or passed away, after receiving the vaccine.
  • An anaphylactic reaction may occur after having the vaccine due to one or more of the ingredients. You will not be asked if you are allergic to these. The only way to find out if you are is a blood test and it will not be offered prior to receiving the vaccine.

This vaccine is increasing infertility rates rapidly. One of the scientists who helped develop this vaccine came out saying that it is untested and not safe.

Not much research has been put into it. What if it is causing more cancer?

Please reblog this to help spread the word that this vaccine is not safe and should not be received.