Annual screenings can prevent cervical cancer

BY CHRISTINA GOOD VOICE
Special Correspondent
12/09/2009 07:26 AM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer afflicting women, but if caught early is curable. That is the message that will be echoed during January, which is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

“Cervical cancer, if detected early, is almost 100 percent curable,” said Barbara Neal, CN Cancer Programs health educator. “It is one of the most preventable cancers. That’s simply by having the pap (smear) test.”

Cervical cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the cervix. It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular pap tests, according to the Web site www.cancer.gov.

The Pap smear test is a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope, according to the site. The Pap smear test helps to identify abnormal cell changes and infection or conditions requiring treatment.


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For more information about CN Cancer Programs, call Barbara Neal at (918) 453-5138, or e-mail barbara-neal@cherokee.org.


“You can’t see or feel early signs of cervical cancer, unlike other cancers. It’s one of those silent things that’s there,” Neal said.

Cervical cancer is the second-most common cancer found in women, behind breast cancer, according to the Web site.

All of the CN clinics, CN W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah and the Claremore Indian Hospital offer the human papilloma virus vaccine, also known as Gardasil.

The vaccine is used as an immunization, Neal said. It is given to females beginning at age 9 through 18.

“The HPV vaccine helps prevent four types of cervical cancer, as well as genital warts and some of the HPV viruses,” Neal said.

“The real thing that we’re hoping for and that we would like to try to inform the Cherokee Nation is women getting pap smears because pap smears are the real things that are going to help stop cervical cancer,” Neal said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to get us to that point. That’s the only test we have right now to test for cervical cancer.”

Women don’t like to have pap smears but they are needed, she said. She said the important thing to remember is that cervical cancer can affect women at any age.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏔᏳᏓᎵ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎵᏰᏍᎩ ᏯᎭᎷᎦ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎻ,--- Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁᎢ ᏭᎪᏛᎢ ᏧᏣᏓᏭ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏦᏍᏎᏗᏍᎪ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ,

“ᎠᏍᏎᏃ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᏭ ᏳᏂᏩᏛᎭ ᎤᏙᏢᎢ ᎧᎵᏬ ᎤᏓᏗᏫᏍᏗᎢ.” ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ Barbara Neal, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᏏᏁᏗ ᎠᏰᎸ ᏅᏛᎿᏕᎬ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ. “ᎯᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᏩᎯᏗᏴ ᏗᏓᏅᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᎢᏳᏯᏃ pap (smear) ᎤᎾᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎥᏰᎸ ᏳᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᎳ ᏬᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎠᎾᏛᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᎤᏃᎸᏔᏂ ᎧᎸᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ. ᎾᎯᏳ ᎧᎸᎢ ᏄᏅᏁᎳ ᎤᎪᏗᏓ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏗ ᎠᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎤᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎯᎠ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ.

Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᏗᏓᎴᏂᏍᎪ ᎠᏙᏢᏍᎬ ᎠᎭᏂ tissues Cervix. ᏳᏍᏗᎭ ᎤᏍᎦᏃᎵ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᏛᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ. Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᎾᎨᏒ ᎤᏦᏍᏎᏗ ᎬᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᏳᏓᎵᎭ pap ᎤᎾᏓᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏱᏁᏨᏁᎭ ᏯᏂᏩᏓ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᏱᏄᏍᏗᏓᏂ, ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎪ ᎧᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎳᏥᎸᎯ Web site www.ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ. gov.

Pap smear ᎤᎾᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᏄᏍᏗᏓᏅ ᎥᏰᎸ ᎤᏂᏛᎲᎬ ᎠᏂᏍᏛᎯᏍᎪ cell ᎾᎿ Cervix ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᎯᎵᏰᏍᎪ ᎾᎥᏂᎨ ᎠᎪᎵᏴᏙᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎧᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎳᏥᎸᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᏍᏒ. ᎯᎠ pap smear ᎠᎾᏓᎪᏂᏰᏍᎬ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏬᎵ ᏂᎨᏒᎾᏱᎩ cell ᏓᏓᏁᏟᏴᎠᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏳᎩ ᏯᏓᎴᏂᎭ ᎠᎴ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏃᏍᏒᎾ ᏱᏄᏍᏗᏓᎾ ᎠᏎ ᎠᏟᏅᏬᏙᏗ.

“Ꮭ ᎬᎪᏛᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎬᏕᎳᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᏯᏓᎴᏂ cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᏄᏪᎵᏍᏛᎾᏊ ᏯᏓᎴᎾ ᎯᎠ ᏳᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ,” Neal.

Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏭᎪᏛ ᏧᏣᏓᏭ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎨᏥᏳᏛᎡᎰ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ, ᏭᎪᏛ ᎨᏒ ᎦᏅᏗ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎢᎩ. ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎪ ᎧᎵ ᏧᎾᏙᎳᏥᎸ Web site.

ᏂᎦᏓ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏰᏗ, ᏚᏃᏛᏍᏒ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ W.W. Hastings ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᏍᏛ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᏓᎵᏆ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎴᎼᎢ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᏍᏛ ᏧᏂᏢᎩ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᎪᏗᏍᎰ ᏴᏫ papilloma ᎥᏳᎩ ᎠᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᏅᏬᏘ Gardasil ᎥᏍᏊ ᎠᏃᏍᏎᏲ ᎥᏍᎩᎾᎢ.


ᎯᎢᎾ ᏅᏬᏘ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎪ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏂᎨᏒᎾ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ, ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ Neal. ᎠᏂᎨᏳᏣ ᏐᏁᎳ ᏱᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏩᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎳᏚ ᏱᏧᎾᏕᏗᏴᏓ ᏩᏍᏗ ᎨᏥᏁᎰᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏅᏬᏘ.

“ᏅᎩ ᎢᏳᏓᎴᎩ Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎠᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗᏍᎪ ᎤᏓᎴᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏓ Hpv ᎥᎿᎩ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ Neal.

ᎤᏙᎯᏳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᎦᎸᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏣᏁᏗᎭ ᏦᏥᏃᏍᏎᏗ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂ ᎨᏯ pap smear ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏰᏗᎢ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎤᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᎦᎾᏘᎢ, ᎯᎠ ᏱᎾᎾᏛᏁ ᎤᏩᏍᏒᎯ ᏯᎾᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗ Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ” ᎯᎠ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎤᏂᎭ ᏱᎫᏣᎾᏛᏗ ᎫᏩᎾᏕᎳᏲᎯᏙᏗ Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏱᎩ.” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Neal.

ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏝᏳᏂᎸᏙ pap smear ᏱᎨᎬᏛᏗ ᎨᏥᎪᎵᏰᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎠᏍᏎᏃ ᎤᏚᎵᏘ ᎢᎩ ᎥᏍᎩ ᏳᎾᏛᏗᎢ. ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏱᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᎾ ᎠᏂᎨᏯ ᏳᎾᎴᏅᏍᏏ Cervical ᎠᏓᏰᏍᎩ.

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