Watch this inspiring video from Tamika, an advocate for cervical cancer prevention and founder of Tamika & Friends. She is the driving force behind "Cervivor.org" to support the cervical cancer patient community. In this video, she shares her own cervical cancer story and a valuable message on the importance of screening, prevention and the importance to address issues like stigma.
When asked what she would tell her 25-year old self, Tamika Felder gave simple advice every young woman should hear. Because Tamika learned through her own cervical cancer diagnosis and journey that cervical cancer can happen to anyone, and screening isn’t something that should be put off. HPV screening tests are valuable to help identify if a woman is at risk, so that disease can be caught earlier, before it has a chance to progress into cancer.
At some point in their life, close to 80% of women will encounter HPV, also known as Human Papillomavirus, a common, sexually transmitted infection passed between partners through skin-to-skin, sexual contact. There are many different strains; some which cause genital warts, and others that put a woman at higher risk for cervical cancer. Tamika Felder, herself a cervical cancer survivor, talks about how screening with an HPV test can be life-saving in order to find disease before it progresses. Rather than feeling stigma or shame, a positive HPV result can empower women with information to help better manage their health.
“Sharing is caring; knowledge is power....” Tamika Felder, herself a survivor and powerful advocate for cervical cancer prevention around the world, wants all women to share in the responsibility to help prepare young girls for what they need to do to take care of themselves and their health. Listen to her words of wisdom, based on experience and knowledge.
When faced with a positive HPV result, women may feel alone, but the fact is, HPV is so common that most people have it without even knowing. Tamika Felder, a cervical cancer survivor and founder of cervivor.org, offers a community of support and asks all of us to be more open when talking about HPV to help make the topic less of a taboo. Please feel free to share your story – and let your voice be heard
If your life has been touched by cervical cancer in some way, we want to hear it from you. Your personal story can help us inspire others to get tested for cervical cancer or cope with the cervical cancer diagnosis.