Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Live Longer to Advocate for Your Child: One Test a Year Can Detect Cervical Cancer Early

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Live Longer to Advocate for Your Child: One Test a Year Can Detect Cervical Cancer Early

Article excerpt

Did you know that one test a year can keep you here, for your family? And if you're the mother of a child with special needs, being there becomes extra-important.

That magic test is the Pap.

Nearly 90 percent of women with cervical cancer survive--because of early detection. That's a huge improvement, considering cervical cancer used to be a leading cause of cancer death in American women, according to the American Cancer Society.

However, many women put off their yearly Pap tests because they're too busy caring for their families.

Be There to Be an Advocate

Children with special needs, more than other children, need their parents. They are needed to be dedicated advocates.

"Nobody has the intimate knowledge of their child that a parent has, and that perspective is invaluable to the health care team in helping resolve issues, thus positively affecting the entire family's quality of life," said Bart Blaylock, RN, CCM, and manager of case management at TriWest Healthcare Alliance, the company responsible for administering the military's TRICARE health benefit in the western U.S.

This is why it's especially important to take time for your yearly cervical cancer screenings. Consider this:

Between 60 and 80 percent of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer haven't had a Pap test in the past five years, according to the American Cancer Society. …

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