South Carolina Chapter (Greater Charleston)

Lauren Whiteside Chapter Leader: Lauren Whiteside
Chapter Leader since January 2011
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A message from Chapter Leader Lauren Whiteside:
I decided to start a local chapter for this wonderful organization after I underwent my first of two surgeries for pre-cancerous lesions. I am happy to report that all of my follow-up tests over the past year have come back normal. Now I am focused on continuing my journey of spreading awareness on cervical cancer and HPV to my community in South Carolina. I am very grateful that my situation was caught in a stage before it turned into invasive cervical cancer. Pap tests do save lives and every person in the world should be aware of this. If you don't go, you don't know! And believe me, it is much better to know what you could possibly be facing before it is too late! This type of cancer can be prevented and detected early and everyone in the world should be aware of this issue.

Read more from Lauren in her interview with The Post and Courier.

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SC Speaks Roundtable Series

The South Carolina Chapter is participating in the first ever SC SPEAKS Roundtable Series, sponsored by the Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund. The event will feature a series of roundtables with aligned organizations to discuss issues facing South Carolina this legislative session and ways to get involved. The first two community round tables will be held in:

December 17, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Charleston YWCA, 106 Coming St. Charleston, SC

December 18, 2014
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm F
orrest Woods Clubhouse, 424 Piney Grove Rd Greenville, SC

Organizations participating include:

  • The League of Women Voters
  • The ACLU
  • The Charleston YWCA

For more information about attending, please contact chapter leader Lauren Whiteside.

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In January, the chapter held its 3rd Annual Cervical Cancer and HPV 101 awareness event, a free event held at the College of Charleston to give information from health professionals, as well as cervical cancer survivor testimonials. Presenters included Dr. Trish Hutchison, co-founder, co-author of Girlology, Dr. Sharon M. Bond, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, cervical cancer survivors and advocates Renee Thomas and Rose Porter, and Sloane Whelan, SC Director of Public Affair for Planned Parenthood

Also in January, chapter leader Lauren Whiteside served as a moderator for a session called "Breaking the Silence: at the inaugural summit of Cervical Cancer-Free South Carolina, a member state of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition focused on eliminating cervical cancer through screening, follow-up care, vaccination, and education.

Check back for more news on upcoming chapter events.

Local Resources

Free or low-cost Pap testing: To find out if you qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram and Pap test and where to get screened, call: (800) 227-2345.

Best Chance Network
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, DHEC
1800 St Julian Place
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 545-4145
Fax: (803) 545-4445


Want to learn more about the chapter? Interested in volunteering for an upcoming event or fundraiser, or just getting more information? Contact Lauren Whiteside to learn more.

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