Since I don’t make a habit of talking vajayjays on my blog, the subject matter is a teeny bit uncomfortable for me.
However, for the Canadian Cancer Society, I always make an exception.
Ladies, I know you hate it. If you didn’t – well frankly, I’d be concerned. But ask yourself – when was the last time you had a pap test? If it was between 1-3 years ago, good girl. You’re taking care of your vajayjay and for that you deserve a gold star. But if it’s been more than 3 years – ahem, isn’t it time to bring the ol’ wagon into the shop?
Here’s the deal: Pap tests save lives. Benefits of regular screening include:
- Early detection of precancerous cervical changes: Cervical cancer develops from precancerous cervical changes. Screening helps to identify these changes early so they can be treated or watched, preventing cervical cancer from developing.
- Earlier detection of cancer: The Pap test can help detect (find) early stage cervical cancer. In most cases, the earlier a cancer is detected, the better your chance of survival. Early detection may also mean less treatment and less time spent recovering.
- Reducing the anxiety of “not knowing”: Many people prefer to have ‘check-ups’, just like a physical exam with your family doctor.
I know it’s one of the more unsavory tests, but even I know that they can’t be avoided. And if you’ve got your ear plugs and blinders on right now, consider this:
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. 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.
(She’s currently a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer dedicated to educating women about the importance of Paps.)
So before I get off the subject of lady bits, just do me a favour and call your doctor to schedule an appointment. For the big day, I recommend Cha-Cha-Cha by China Glaze on your toes. Get it? Cha-cha? I’m so funny.
Women who want to learn more about cervical cancer screening are encouraged to speak with their doctor or nurse, or visit www.ontario.ca/screenforlife.