Hands up all who recognised what the teal on white ribbon stand for?
I too wasn’t familiar with this colour ribbon. We all know Red is for AIDS Awareness, Pink is for Breast Cancer Awareness, White is for justice… but teal on white?
Its for Cervical Cancer awareness.
Unlike breast cancer awareness which gets the whole month of October dedicated to it, cervical cancer remains pretty much a silent fight. I have heard some public community style radio ads lately about cervical cancer and why women should get tested for cervical cancer. But it is something you hear and then forget.
Whilst not getting as much publicity as breast cancer, cervical cancer is no less important and no less dangerous.
Cervical Cancer develops from the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and an early detection of the HPV virus can help reduce the chances of developing cervical cancer. Like breast cancer, an early detection of HPV will mean a greater chance of surviving the disease. There is in fact a specific HPV Test available that promises a 100% detection of the virus and therefore prevention of cervical cancer.
Unlike breast cancer, there is no way we women can check ourselves for unknown lumps or do any home based tests. Cervical cancer is something I never really thought about, and I think its about time, we gave it some thought, don’t you think?
p/s I just noticed my titles are Teal and my background of my site is white! :D