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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

t early treatment for the early pre-cancer that the Pap had missed. I want women across America to be informed about cervical cancer prevention strategies -- Pap testing, HPV testing, HPV vaccination -- so that they can assure they too never have to suffer the emotional and physical harm of full blown cervical cancer."

For more information, or to view the ad, visit www.theHPVtest.com.

About HPV and cervical cancer:

The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2008, about 11,070 women in the U.S. developed cervical cancer and about 3,870 died from the disease. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second-most-common type of cancer that strikes women -- behind only breast cancer. Its cause, HPV, is a very common virus, infecting approximately 80 percent of all women at some point in their lifetimes. In the majority of women, the virus goes away or is suppressed by the body before it causes any problems.

About HPV testing:

A Pap smear can identify cells that have become abnormal due to HPV, while HPV testing detects the presence of the virus itself. The FDA has approved the digene HPV Test for use together with the Pap test in women age 30 and older -- the group most likely to have persistent infections and most at risk of developing cervical cancer. Use of HPV testing for routine screening is recognized in guidelines issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Women's Association. Studies show that, on average, the combination of the digene HPV Test and the Pap identifies 95-100 percent of advanced cervical disease.

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