“Dancing with the Stars” host and cervical cancer survivor Erin Andrews fights to save lives
Every two hours, one woman dies of cervical cancer.1 To change this stat, Hologic is partnering with sports reporter and host of “Dancing with the Stars,” Erin Andrews, to mobilize women to take control of their health and ensure they are being regularly tested for this preventable cancer.2*
“Even if you feel like you’re healthy and you’re busy, it’s so important to go to the doctor,” Andrews said in a recent interview with InStyle. “I didn’t have any symptoms whatsoever, and I was getting ready for football season. I just went in for a normal exam and thought everything would be good to go.”
Following her routine annual exam in 2016, however, Erin was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Fortunately, her cancer was found early and was treated. Through the course of two surgeries, Erin kept working as a sports reporter, in part, she says, because immersing herself in work was one way to cope.
"That's where I feel better is on the side lines," Andrews told Good Morning America. "I could actually forget about it. It is where I felt like this is me."
Now, as part of the Change This STAT campaign, Erin hopes to help break down the barriers that stop women from getting tested for cervical cancer.
“When I came forward, it was right before the Super Bowl, and I was literally on the field, and I had 300-lb guys coming up to me saying, 'Thank you so much, I’ve had women in my life who have dealt with this,’” said Erin in an interview with SELF. “I want men to feel comfortable to ask women if they've been checked. Everyone is now very comfortable speaking about breast cancer and prostate cancer, we need this to be part of the conversation as well."
In partnership with Hologic, Erin will advocate for women to get regularly tested for cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is not only treatable if caught early; it’s preventable.2* But approximately 8 million U.S. women ages 21 to 65 years old reported they had not been tested for cervical cancer in the last 5 years, and more than half of new cervical cancer cases occur in women who have never or rarely been tested.2,3 “If you’re not getting tested,” said Andrews, “you’re putting yourself at risk.”
“For more than 20 years, Hologic has been dedicated to improving women’s health and well-being through early detection,” said Tom West, president, Diagnostic Solutions division at Hologic. “Many insurance policies cover cervical cancer testing with no deductible and there are clinics across the country that provide testing at low or no cost. No matter the circumstances, women can and should get tested for this preventable cancer.”1†
Hologic is the market-leading supplier in the United States of Pap tests and HPV tests, frequently used together on the same sample to screen for cervical pre-cancer and cancer (known as Pap+HPV Together or co-testing). According to guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women ages 21-29 should get regular Pap testing, with co-testing being the preferred approach for women 30 to 65.4
*As many as 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and HPV vaccination.2
†This means you may not be responsible for a co-pay, deductible or other out-of-pocket costs. Coverage may not be available to all women. Please consult your health plan for coverage.
References: 1. American Cancer Society. Cancer facts and figures 2017. 2017. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cervical cancer is preventable. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/cervical-cancer/index.html. Updated November 2014. Accessed February 13, 2018. 3. Benard VB et al. Vital signs: cervical cancer incidence, mortality, and screening – United States, 2007-2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2014;63:1. 4. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin No. 157: Cervical cancer screening and prevention. Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2016;127(1):185-7.