De Mujer a Mujer - pero los Hombres estan invitados (Woman to Woman - but men are also invited)
Posted Jan 14 2011 12:00am
Guest blog written by Patti Murillo-Casa, cervical cancer survivor and New York City Chapter President of Tamika & Friends, Inc., a national, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about cervical cancer and its link to HPV (human papillomavirus). It was founded in 2005 by Tamika Felder, cervical cancer survivor and advocate.
On January 10, 2011, I had the honor of being invited to make a presentation about cervical cancer to an organization called De Mujer a Mujer - Pero los Hombres son Invitadosat the Instituto Dominicano de Periodismo located in Upper Manhattan. De Mujer a Mujer was founded in October 2010 by Minerva Saint-Hilaire, TV personality and host of the show " Con Minerva S.O.S. ", on Super Canal Caribe channel 35 on Time Warner cable network. Ms. Saint-Hilaire started the group in order to help the women and families of the Washington Heights community cope with cancer and addiction.
Statistics show 1 that Latina women are the most affected by this disease. Every hour another woman gets diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States, and every 2.5 hours another woman dies. There is no reason why a woman should die or lose her fertility from this disease. Since half of those women that die every year in the United States are Latina, this was an amazing opportunity to spread the essential message to them, that cervical cancer is 100% preventable, and with continued education and awareness, it can be eliminated completely, especially with preventative measures and tools available. Yearly Pap testing, the HPV-DNA test and a vaccine are all available. Women should speak further with their gynecologists about all of the options available to them.
About 20 women and 2 men were in attendance that night, along with Ms. New York Belleza Latina 2011, Helen Troncoso. After my presentation, I opened the floor to questions, and was happy that nearly everyone had a question or comment to make. It allowed me to answer their questions and dispel lots of common misbeliefs about cervical cancer. I hope that every attendee shares what they have learned to all the women in their lives and also those that are willing to listen. I want to thank Minerva Saint-Hilare and the group De Mujer a Mujer in helping me spread the message to this group, and also to Helen Troncoso for supporting Tamika & Friends, Inc.