Have you recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer? Or are you a 3 year survivor, a 5 year survivor, a 20 year survivor?
Have you always wondered how to talk about your experience in a way that will help prevent others from having to go through what you went through?
Would you like to get more involved in educating your local community about prevention?
Whatever your story is, if you want to advocate to get rid of this disease once and for all...
CERVIVOR is for you!
Throughout September, we worked hard to increase awareness around HPV and cervical cancer. From social media campaigns to radio and television appearances to Cervivor School and the NYC Pap Rally and Run, our efforts have been getting more women and men involved in the cause.
Our first Booster campaign, where Cervivor t-shirts were available for sale for $20, helped raise over $500 to support Cervivor. We also ran a social media campaign across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where a series of infographics highlighted important facts about HPV, cervical cancer and women’s health. You can help share these facts with your friends and followers – use the hashtags #GCAM, #gyncsm, and #preventcc to find and share these facts.
The month culminated with a weekend in New York City. On Saturday, September 27th, over 100 women, men and children participated in the PAP Rally and Run, Cervivor’s signature 5k walk and run. Jacque Reid, host of New York Live on NBC emceed the event, and over $10,000 was raised to help end cervical cancer.
After the PAP Rally and Run, graduates of the January 2014 Cervivor School were invited to a screening of the documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic.” This film follows the stories of five women whose lives were changed forever by cervical cancer. Cervivor’s founder, Tamika Felder, is one of the women featured in the film. The stories of these women reflected those of the women watching. The film stirred up strong emotions: the heartbreak and loss that can accompany a battle with cancer, as well as the strength, love and joy that survival can bring. The team at Cervivor will continue to provide updates about the film and how you can arrange a screening in your city.
Be on the lookout for ongoing projects, as well as some exciting new initiatives in January 2015, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! For more information on how you can be a part of Cervivor, please visit www.Cervivor.org.
Every year from September 15th through October 15th, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month. During this time, America honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans. At Cervivor, we celebrate the lives of the amazing Latinas who are part of our Cervivor family, whether they are survivors, volunteers, friends or caregivers. It’s so important to take time during this celebration to educate women about HPV and cervical cancer because Latinas have the highest rates of cervical cancer out of all groups of women, and they have the second highest mortality rate after African American women.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health cites lack of screening along with screening accessibility barriers as the main causes of higher incidence rates. Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, executive director for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive health, says, “It’s not that the sexual behavior is any different. They’re just not getting the care they need in a timely manner.”
HPV, the virus that causes virtually all cervical cancers, affects around 70% of Americans. But with regular screening and medical care, cervical cancer can be prevented! Six out of 10 cervical cancer diagnoses occur in women who have never had a Pap smear, or who have not had a Pap smear in the last 5 years.
Patti Murillo-Casa was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2008, after she had gone 3 years without having a Pap smear. After her diagnosis, she was scared, ashamed and worried about what her husband might think. “That’s the myth and stigma the disease has,” Murillo-Casa says. “This disease isn’t because you’re promiscuous. If you’re sexually active, you’re going to get the virus. You have to go to the doctor. I tell women they don’t have to go through what I went through.” Patti now works hard as part of Cervivor to help educate and raise awareness in Latina communities.
Cervivor, along with partners such as the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, is continuing to fight against the stigma of HPV and encourage women to get screened regularly. The more information Latina communities have about HPV and cervical cancer, the faster we can erase the stigma around HPV, increase the rate of screening and decrease the incidence rate of cervical cancer. Working together, we can fight to increase accessibility to health care for all women, and break down the barriers that prevent women from getting the care they need.
Help raise awareness about how HPV and cervical cancer affect Latina women.
Today is the last day of Gynecologic Cancer Awareness month and it was so great to end it by sharing my story this morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Jacque Reid of TJMS and Single and Living Fab has a phenomenal segment called, “Inside Her Story” and boy, did we go INSIDE MY STORY…my coochie story to be exact. I’ve been through so many things on my journey with cancer, but the one thing that I’ve learned is it is imperative to share so that we can prevent cervical cancer. If you missed the segment, check it out here.
We got in a lot of information in a short period of time and I just wanted to share some additional information, because so many of your have reached out to me via social media.
Here are the top things you should know:
I want women of color to know that we develop cervical cancer more often than white women and we are more likely to die. We have to change this health disparity by getting screened. No one likes to get a pelvic exam, but we have to do it.
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In recognition of her tireless advocacy for women’s health, our founder Tamika Felder has been nominated for The Root 100 People’s Choice Award.
This is a tremendous honor and an amazing opportunity to bring awareness to our cause!
Please support Tamika’s nomination by visiting the The Root 100 site and clicking “vote for Tamika” under her photo.
You can vote every day until October 10 and we encourage you to! Thank you for your support!
“I heard ‘cancer’ and heard nothing else…on that day I lost everything I thought that made me a woman.”
We’ve heard it many times, but it never gets old. Tamika’s personal story will stop you in your tracks.
Thank you DC Breakdown for bringing awareness to this issue.
Grab your pom poms, and lace up your sneakers, and come on out for our new and improved cancer awareness walk/run event: PAP Rally and Run! Participants will be walking/running in support of ALL cancers that have affected them or someone they know. Join us in Manhattan on September 27th to show your support! Register Here.
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9am – 12pm
Where: E. 86 St. & East End Ave New York, NY
Details: Registration begins at 8am. RAIN OR SHINE.
Register today as an individual, start a new team or join an existing team. Make a general donation to the cause, contribute to a team or sign up as a volunteer. Through this site, you can also make a wonderful contribution by helping to “Spread the Word” about Pap Rally and Run by emailing a message to your friends.
All proceeds to benefit Cervivor and the education and awareness of cervical cancer and its link to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Register Now.
We need your help!
Help us broaden the reach of our message by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where you can like, share, or retweet these graphics. Add your voice to the conversation by leaving a comment. Together we can raise awareness and bring these numbers down!
It is estimated that 95,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with one of the five gynecologic cancers this year. Of those 95,000 approximately 28,700 will die. Gynecologic cancers don’t discriminate. No woman is immune. We are raising awareness all month about the cancers below the belt – the ones that we don’t always want to discuss – but that we should be aware of all the same. Often times, since women don’t want to discuss these private matters, they don’t bring up symptoms with their doctor if they make it to the doctor at all. But early detection and screening is the key to prevention. Your check-up could save your life. It’s our hope that this month we will be able to spark more conversations and get people talking. We strongly believe that MORE discussion will lead to more women confidently asking questions in the doctor’s office, and more informed patients requesting annual pelvic exams and other screenings. It is our hope that more discussion will lead to fewer women getting diagnosed, and fewer loved ones lost. Help us raise awareness this month. Please share our campaign with the women in your life!
Please help us to make cervical cancer a disease of the past by signing up to be part of our Cervivor revolution at www.cervivor.org.
In this video, you will meet two of our Cervivor couples: You’ve heard from Cervivors Patti & Michele before, but today you will hear from their husbands, Freddie and Nick. You’ll hear how each couple made it through adversity. And you will see just how their love radiates through (no pun intended!).
© 2013 Tamika & Friends, Inc.
Thanks to Roche Diagnostics Corporation for support of Cervivor