Cervical Cancer Can Be Prevented. Here’s How:

Marinda Van Zyl is a professional photographer and a cervical cancer survivor. She created this video to highlight the importance of pap smears and early detection.

In Marinda’s words: You know that scene in the movies where someone is sitting in the doctor’s office, accompanied by a loved one when the doctor breaks the devastating news that they have cancer? Real life is nothing like that. When it happens in real life, it’s like being hit by a freight train with nothing bracing against the impact. At least, that’s what it was like for me. My doctor didn’t even tell me face to face, he broke the news on the phone. I was driving at the time.

Everybody knows someone who has battled the effects of cancer, sometimes for years after being healed, and sometimes to death. 50% of patients with cervical cancer will die from the disease. That’s half of everyone who is diagnosed, an exceptionally high mortality rate. Cervical cancer is preventable and with just a few precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of contracting it. After my recovery, I made this video to raise awareness of cervical cancer and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you and your daughters.

Please spread the word. Prevention is so easy, but fighting this disease much less so.

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