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New Local TV Ad Campaign To Educate St. Louis Women About Cervical Cancer Prevention and HPV Testing
Date:2/9/2009

a woman has a normal Pap smear, but is shown to have high-risk types of HPV, we can know that she is in a higher-risk group and she can be monitored closely to ensure that cervical disease or cancer is not missed," said Dr. Carlton Pearse from Women's Health Care Inc. in Chesterfield and O'Fallon, Mo. "Offering the HPV test underscores our commitment to providing our patients the most accurate, state-of-the-art screening techniques available. With HPV testing, we can now know a woman's HPV status. It's similar to knowing your cholesterol levels, which most people now accept as a routine way of assessing risk of potential heart disease, so that they can take action when necessary. In the same way, HPV status can help women and their clinicians assess risk for cervical disease, and enable early preventative action." Women's Health Care Inc. provides comprehensive care for all the stages of a woman's life -- from the first gynecology exam, through pregnancy, to menopause and beyond. The medical practice offers a combination of cervical cancer prevention tools, including Pap testing, HPV screening and HPV vaccination -- depending on a woman's age.

Educating with a Real-Life Patient Story

QIAGEN's TV ad features the real-life story of Jodi McKinney and her gynecologist, Dr. Mamie Bowers -- who discovered that Jodi had cervical disease, despite her initially normal Pap smear, thanks to getting an HPV test. Jodi, her husband, children and gynecologist are such big believers in cervical cancer prevention and HPV testing that they all appear in the ads.

"I am glad that my personal experience can benefit women in St. Louis," said Jodi McKinney, the real-life patient from Glen Gardner, N.J. who is featured in the ad. "My Pap tests were all normal, but with the added knowledge gained from my HPV test results, my doctor and I learned that I had the virus that causes cervical cancer. Thanks to the HPV test, I was able to ge
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