Monday, May 10, 2010

The Yellow Umbrella- spreading the word about cervical cancer- (with giveaway (closed)!)



Congrats to my winner: jakiesmom
Tonight I had the opportunity to attend an event with a group of other Seattle bloggers- an event to support The Yellow Umbrella.  When Christine Baze was 31-years-old, she was a successful musician, living her dream of touring and performing.  She went for her annual Pap smear, as she had every year since she was 18. Unfortunately, at this annual exam she found out that she had advanced cervical cancer with extensive lymphatic invasion.  Her diagnosis was quickly followed by a radical hysterectomy, daily pelvic radiation, chemotherapy and internal radiation.  Christine survived, but her fertility was gone.  She decided to take her experiences and her love of music to start a non-profit organization called The Yellow Umbrella to raise awareness about preventing cervical cancer. 

The Yellow Umbrella wants us all to know a few things about HPV and cervical cancer (information from www.pearlofwisdom.us):
  1. Cervical cancer is preventable! With vaccines, testing and treatment, cervical cancer can be prevented.
  2. Cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common infection that you can get from intimate sexual contact. Most adults will have HPV at some point in their lives.
  3. Having HPV does not mean you will get cervical cancer. Most HPV infections go away on their own, without symptoms or treatment. When HPV infections don't go away, they can cause cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer.
  4. Having HPV does not mean that you or your partner was unfaithful. HPV can stay in your body for year, so there is no way to determine when-or from whom- you got it. 
  5. The Pap test looks for abnormal cells that can develop into cervical cancer. Woman should get their first test at age 21. 
  6. The HPV test looks for the types of HPV that can cause abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer. Women who are 30 or older should get an HPV test along with their Pap test. 
  7. Having HPV does not mean  you have abnormal cervical cancer cells or cervical cancer. It just means that you have HPV and that your healthcare provider will want to monitor you more closely.
  8. The HPV vaccine protects against the two types of HPV that cause about 70% of cervical cancers. The vaccines are recommended for girls 11 to 12 years old, and are approved for girls and young women up to age 26.
  9. Even if you have had the HPV vaccine, you still need to be tested for cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV that cause cervical cancer. So Pap tests and HPV tests are still needed. 
  10. Speak to your healthcare provider about how often you need to get tested and if the vaccine is right for you. 
Debra Macki, celebrity makeup artist, teamed up with Christine to develop The Yellow Umbrella eye shadow palette. It contains three beautiful shades of eye shadow- nude shimmer, plum and blue/purple sparkle. This kit sells for $36 and can be purchased at www.theyellowumbrella.org.  Or you can win one of these kits here! (US mailing addresses only, please)




Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Visit The Yellow Umbrella and let me know something you learned there.

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You can tweet this once per day. Leave a separate comment every time you enter and please let me know what your twitter name is. 
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6. Enter any of my other giveaways (one extra entry per giveaway entered, leave a separate comment for each)
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific Time on May 31, 2010. I'll chose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received an eye makeup palette (and a yummy cupcake) at the event tonight. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

64 comments:

Jus and Kat said...

The statistics are so staggering! I learned that 80% of women will have HPV at one point or another by the time they're 50!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

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polly said...

cervical cancer is preventable! we need to educate!
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Heather! said...

The Yellow Umbrella works in partnership or with the support of a number of other organizations, such as The Gynecological Cancer Foundation, The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, and Planet Cancer. I think it's great when organizations work together to find better treatment options and, ultimately, a cure!

Great giveaway, and a fantastic organization! Thanks!
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Heather! said...

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Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

Qiagen supports The Yellow Umbrella Organization with an unrestricted educational grant.
Thank you both, I am a survivor.
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moushka said...

The Liquid Pap is more accurate.

They have some very great info for any women.

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Amanda said...

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is a series of three shots given over a six month period.
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jakiesmom said...

they have started a new campaign called paint it yellow to go into schools and colleges to teach that cervical cancer is preventable
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Busy Working Mama said...

I learned that it is preventable. Makes me want to make an appointment for a checkup since I haven't been to the gyno in over 2 years - eek!

Busy Working Mama said...

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christine said...

THANKS for helping me SAVE THE HOOCH!!!
remember the 1 2 3...
HPV TEST with PAP for women 30+
PAP for women 21-29
HPV VACCINE for girls and women 9-26

rock on and on!
cb
:)

Angela said...

I learned that cervical cancer is preventable.
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Shanna said...

I learned how it got the name "The Yellow Umbrella" - and I'm a cancer survivor, except mine was uterine, not cervical.

Shanna said...

I entered your giveaway "What to Wear for the Rest of Your Life."

Michelle said...

I learned that about 80% of women will get HPV at one time or another.

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Michelle said...

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collegesuitcase said...

I learned that a woman dies of cervical cancer every two and a half hours.
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Corinne said...

I was amazed to learn that 80% of women get HPV by the time they're 50, and that you can get it from having only one partner!

Corinne said...

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