I will continue having an annual Pap smear, as specifically stipulated in the fine print of the screening recommendations, because of my increased risk for cervical/vaginal cancer… … We all must remain aware of changing medical guidelines in order for each of us to advocate for — and receive — the care we need to protect our health. Awareness is the key.
StarTribune Letters | Letter of the Day (March 18, 2012) | Pap smears
For women there are genuine risks that you may think you can’t control. There are also myths and controversy about what causes the disease.
The hormone DES (diethylstilbestrol) also raises the chances of cancer of the breast.
While pregnancy is probably the most beautiful experience of a women’s life, for DES Daughters it is not…
For many reasons (not only medical but also psychological), a DES pregnancy is not like any other pregnancy. DES daughters require high risk obstetric care, early confirmation of pregnancy and psychological support throughout their pregnancy due to an increased risk of complications.
Join the team at DES Info in reminding the White House and President Obama that the DES Tragedy needs to be addressed and we are still awaiting an apology!
As long as governments don’t take responsibility and publicly acknowledge this tragedy not much will be done to provide proper care and fund research for the DES community…
It’s important to keep the pressure on and fight this battle on all levels.
Bisphenol A, Cigarette smoke, Morning sickness and Alcohol
Pregnancy may be the mother of all guilt trips. But that anxiety doesn’t necessarily end with the birth of a healthy child. Researchers are finding that in utero exposures could be linked with behavioral or emotional problems in young children and increased cancer risk and other problems later in life.
For example exposure to artificial estrogens such as BPA and Diethylstilbestrol ( DES ) can change the way the fetus responds to estrogen later in life and may be associated with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Risk for DES Daughters is Twice Higher
Doctors have tools to help estimate a woman’s personal risk, but women who get breast cancer sometimes have no known risk factors besides age. Many women with one or more risk factors never get breast cancer. So it’s impossible to know who will actually get the disease.
In this Oct. 2009video on YouTube, Dr. Therese Bevers talks about new screening guidelines for cervical cancer. Women at increased risk have a higher chance of getting cervical cancer than women at average risk.
Women at increased risk include those who have:
History of cervical cancer or severe cervical dysplasia (pre-cancer)
Persistent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection after age 30 (HPV testing not recommended in women younger than age 30)
An immune system that does not function properly
Been infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)