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January good time for women to address cervical health, white evangelicals led astray
Published Date :
13 Jan 2017
January a good time for women to address cervical health
With January recognized as Cervical Health Awareness Month, I want to make sure women understand the updated guidelines for annual exams and the latest on the human papillomavirus vaccine.
The American Cancer Society estimates 12,990 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and about 4,120 will die from the disease. Although this number is lower compared to previous years, there is still work to be done to ensure more women undergo regular screenings.
Pap smears are required every three years, but women should still get a wellness exam annually where doctors can physically assess whether a cervical cancer test is needed. A Pap test can identify cell changes in the cervix and let healthcare providers know if a woman has a high risk for cervical cancer.
Because cervical cancer is slow growing and sometimes has no symptoms, it can most effectively be treated when caught early.
Women should also know the latest recommendations for the HPV vaccine. The first thing to know about HPV is there are different types. While some cause genital warts, other types are linked to cervical cell changes that can increase the risk for cervical cancer. Secondly, the HPV vaccine can help prevent infection for both types of the virus, especially when administered during the preteen years.
Recently, the CDC changed its recommendation to only two doses of the HPV vaccine compared to the previous three. Women should still get examined every year even if they have the vaccine, since it reduces the risk of cervical cancer.
As a physician it’s my goal to ensure more women get tested for cervical cancer, understand their diagnosis and, if needed, get treatment right away. Every woman deserves to receive personalized, compassionate and comprehensive gynecologic care.
Jennifer Rubatt, MD/Greeley
White evangelicals led astray by supporting Trump
I am a 63-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother and a proud follower of Jesus. But I’m embarrassed to say I am also a white evangelical Christian.
Eighty percent of us voted for Trump (compared to almost the same percentage of African-American and Hispanic evangelicals that voted against him).
We stood up and said, “He’s our guy;” this man who is a habitual liar, a man who mocks the disabled, is disrespectful to women, refuses help to foreigners and name-calls those of a different color.
In Matthew 25, Jesus says whatever we didn’t do for the least of these — the disabled, the poor, the foreigner (immigrant/refugee), the prisoner — we didn’t do for him, and he says that makes us goats instead of sheep and unworthy for the Kingdom of God.
To paraphrase Michelle Warren, the Advocacy and Policy Engagement Coordinator for the Christian Community Development Association in Chicago, the only godly use of white privilege is to advocate for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized in our society.
We didn’t do that. Instead, we chose to be goats, and I’m so very, very sorry.
Becky J. Shaffer, Eaton