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'I think it's incredibly important for people to pay attention and not let anybody talk you out of the fact that something's wrong.' — Amy Woodard Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because screen- ing tests and a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections are avail- able. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a com- mon virus that can be passed from one person to another dur- ing sex. There are many types of HPV. Some HPV types can cause changes on a woman's cervix that can lead to cervical cancer over time,while other types can cause genital or skin warts. HPV is so common that most people get it at some time in their lives. HPV usu- ally causes no symptoms so you can't tell that you have it. For most women,the human body clears the viral infection on its own; however,if it does not,there is a chance that over time it may cause cervi- cal cancer. Other things can increase your risk of cervical cancer: • Smoking • Having HIV or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems • Having several sexual partners. Two tests can help prevent cervical cancer: • The pap test (or pap smear) looks for precancers,cell changes on the cervix that may become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately. You should start getting pap tests at age 21. • The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes. The most important thing you can do to help prevent cervical cancer is to have regular screening tests starting at age 21. If your Pap test results are normal, your chance of getting cervical cancer in the next few years is very low. For that reason,your doctor may tell you that you will not need another Pap test for as long as three years. If you are 30 years old or older,you may choose to have an HPV test along with the Pap test. If both test results are normal,your doctor may tell you that you can wait five years to have your next Pap test. But you should still go to the doctor regularly for a checkup. For women aged 21 to 65,it is impor- tant to continue getting a Pap test as directed by your doctor—even if you think you are too old to have a child or are not having sex anymore. However,if you are A my Woodard knew something wasn't right.She just needed a doctor to listen.She had endometriosis,so the symptoms weren't totally out of line.But the heavy bleeding in-between periods and the sharp abdominal pains concerned her. Her physician at the time dismissed her ques- tions,refusing to run any tests and sending her on her way. A few months later,in mid-May 1998,she had found a new doctor,and she was suffering from the same symptoms. A pap test was done,showing abnormal cells. "They said they would re-test in three months,"she said."But on the way home from my doctor's office to go to work,the pathologist called and was not comfort- able waiting three months.(The pathologist) wanted to remove some of the area." Cervical tissue was removed and she was diagnosed with mild dysplasia — a precancerous condition in which abnormal cell growth occurs on the surface lining of the cervix or endocervical canal.The condition is closely associat- ed with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Prognosis for this is promising,with the right followup and treatment.But if undetected or untreated,women are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. A procedure was done,removing about half of her cervix,Woodard said.The results came back as moderate dysplasia. 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With less than a quarter of her cervix remaining,if she tests positive for dysplasia one more time,she will have to have a hysterectomy. Amy Woodard,right,and her mother and "prayer warrior,"Ada Jean Woodard. From the doctor Dr.I-Wen Chang Southeastern Medical Oncology Center A long battle 1998 Current See BATTLE, Page 18A See CERVICAL CANCER, Page 18A Story by Phyllis Moore Photos submitted

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