NCCC on Dr. Oz
On October 11, 2012, two NCCC Chapter Leaders--Sandy Fischer (NCCC NJ) and Michele Appel Prigo (NCCC NY) appeared on the Dr. Oz show to share their personal stories and raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.
Sandy Fischer discussed her sister's devastating diagnosis with stage 4 cervical cancer at the age of 36 and spoke about the importance of regular screening for early diagnosis of cervical cancer. Talking about her sister's experience, Sandy notes, "By the time she was diagnosed, it was too late."
Michele Appel Prigo shares her experience being diagnosed with high-risk HPV through a routine HPV test. Prior to the HPV test, Michele had never had an abnormal Pap test result in the past in all her years of regular screening, and in fact had never heard of the HPV test.
Michele's story highlights the importance of the HPV test as a screening test for women over 30, in addition to the Pap test.