High School Student Raises Cervical Cancer Awareness

Tatyana Williams of Windsor was only 4 years old when she lost her mother to cervical cancer. Now, a 10th grader at Metro Learning Center in Bloomfield, Williams has decided to learn more about cervical cancer and spread awareness by doing her academic personal project on cervical cancer and how it affects a family.

Williams established three goals when she chose her topic: memorialize her mother, spread awareness, and raise funds. She has raised $760 and counting to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cervical cancer. Williams has worked hard on spreading cervical cancer awareness and the importance of getting vaccinated for the human papilloma virus (HPV) by tabling at local health fairs and asking individuals to pledge to help her spread awareness among their friends and family. These pledges were collected on a poster board created by Williams entitled, "Teal There's A Cure" as the recognition color of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is teal.

"It is inspiring to see a high school student take the initiative to spread cervical cancer awareness throughout her community and touching to see her honoring the memory of her mother," commented Wendy Matthews, executive director, American Cancer Society.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to all women to speak with their physicians about the risks of developing cervical cancer, what causes it, and what they can do to prevent it. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer linked to HPV in women and can be found early and even prevented with routine screenings and tests.

In 2018, an estimated 13,240 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,170 will die from the disease. Cervical cancer is a highly preventable and treatable cancer, but only if people take the steps to get screened and vaccinated. The HPV vaccine (Gardasil 9) helps prevent infection by 9 types of HPV, which together cause about 90% of cervical cancers. HPV infection can also increase your risk of getting anal, vaginal, vulvar, penile, and mouth/throat cancers. The American Cancer Society recommends girls and boys ages 11 or 12 be vaccinated.

For more information on cervical cancer visit www.cancer.org. To donate to Tatyana Williams' efforts please visit her GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/kick-for-cancer.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly 2 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to www.cancer.org.

Photo Caption: Tatyana Williams dedicated her 10th grade personal project to increase cervical cancer awareness in memory of her mother who passed away from the disease when she was 4 years old. Williams has raised over $760 to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society. She presented American Cancer Society staff with a check for $330 of what she has raised so far. Pictured from left to right: Tatyana Williams, Maryanne Goss, health systems manager from the American Cancer Society, and Wendy Matthews, executive director from the American Cancer Society.

Source : https://patch.com/connecticut/windsor/high-school-student-raises-cervical-cancer-awareness

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