South Carolina Chapter (Greater Charleston)
|Chapter Leader: Lauren Whiteside
Chapter Leader since January 2011
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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Advocating for Change
In January, chapter leader Lauren Whiteside spoke at a press conference organized by South Carolina representatives Beth Bernstein and James Smith to support their bill, the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act (H.3204). The bill is a bipartisan effort aimed at educating and providing access to the HPV vaccine to parents and guardians of students in the sixth grade, but does not mandate vaccination as a requirement for school entry.
You can watch the press conference in its entirety here, and visit the South Carolina chapter's Facebook page to see more pictures from this important event. NCCC would like to congratulate Lauren on her advocacy efforts!
In January, the chapter held its 4rd 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 discussed aspects of cervical cancer, Human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV vaccinations.
Also in January, the chapter co-sponsored the screening of the film, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey.
Check back for more news on upcoming chapter events.
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
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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