As a mum, one of the most important jobs you have is to keep yourself healthy – for you, for your family, and for your kids. Cervical cancer is a disease that women can prevent, and be treated for so easily in a country like ours, however there are still women and mothers who die from the disease every year.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2013 is November 18 – 24. This year, the aim is to remind women to have their regular pap tests to catch any signs of cervical cancer as early as possible. It has been found that 43% of women aged 18 – 69 are not having the recommended two-yearly test, and of those who have died from the disease, 90% did not have regular pap tests.
The Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) urges women and mothers go in for a pap test now – don’t put it off any longer. Almost two in three women don’t have the test for fear of embarrassment – is that really the reason you’d put your health at risk?
Be a part of the Be Bright campaign in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane tomorrow (Wednesday 20th), or Martin Place in Sydney this Friday 22nd to support the cause and promote cervical cancer awareness. The campaign kicked off yesterday at Federation Square in Melbourne with success.
You can sign up to get a text from the ACCF that reminds you to get your test every two years – Get the Pap Text. Just visit accf.org.au or call 1300 727 630 to sign up.
So buy and wear your orange gerbera or orange ribbon this Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and spread the message!
Image credit: accf.org.au