"India, the second most populous country in the world, accounts for 27% (77,100) of the total cervical cancer deaths.”
–From Global Cancer Statistics, published in the American Cancer Society’s journal for clinicians.
27%. More than 1 in 4. Wow.
The American Social Health Association (ASHA) wants to encourage you to get tested this month – January – or do it in your birthday month so you’ll remember!
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that every year in the U.S alone there are 12,000 cases of Cervical Cancer; 4,200 of those cases result in death. Those are sad and tragic numbers that can be lowered!
That’s the message that author and advice columnist Dan Savage and many others are trying to get across to gay youth in the wake of a recent spate of suicides of gay teenagers across the country in recent weeks.
From Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, 18, who died after jumping off the George Washington Bridge, to Seth Walsh, 13, who hung himself from a tree in California, to Asher Brown, 13, who shot himself at his parent’s home in Texas, to Raymond Chase, 19, who hung himself in his dorm room at Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island—the list of gay teens lost to suicide in September alone brought national attention to an ongoing problem.