Cervical cancer affects an estimated 12,000 women annually. Unlike so many other diseases though, there have been huge strides in vaccination and screening over the last several years leading to increased awareness, earlier testing and improved treatment options.
It’s important these efforts continue to ensure more women stay ahead of this awful disease. As part of that, the American Social Health Association and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition named January Cervical Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to educating and encouraging women to get tested and vaccinated.
Lynn Barclay, ASHA president and CEO shared with HealthyWomen.org, “Science has put us in a remarkable position to protect women from cervical cancer, but technology is only half the battle. It’s imperative we continue efforts that not only promote greater access to health care, but that we also inform women about cervical cancer and the marvelous means we now have to prevent this disease.”
Even with cervical cancer now being very treatable, diagnosis is still life altering and can lead to a number of side effects. One complication not discussed often is urinary leaks. Radiation therapy to the pelvis can cause urge incontinence. Additionally, surgery or treatment can weaken muscles leading to stress incontinence.
For women dealing with leaks, it can feel embarrassing or create additional anxiety with the fear of having an accident in public. Reducing this for anyone living with incontinence is at the foundation of why we started the company. Our hope is that Wearever absorbent incontinence underwear can help in a small way by providing a comfortable and discrete solution that looks and feels like real panties.
We also want to help continue spreading the important message: This January, take the time to schedule your next cervical cancer screening and remind the women in your life to do so as well!