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    Kicks Off Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign http://www.maketheconnection.org/default.asp September 30, 2005/Tampa, FL/FPSnewswire/ - Cervical
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2005
      Kicks Off Nationwide Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign


      September 30, 2005/Tampa, FL/FPSnewswire/ - "Cervical cancer is linked
      to a common virus, but so few women know it or what they can do about
      it." That's the message actress JoAnna Garcia, best known for her
      starring role on WB's hit TV series Reba, will bring to Tampa on
      Friday, September 30, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, at Tampa's International Plaza
      shopping center. Garcia and Dr. Anna Giuliano, from the H. Lee Moffitt
      Cancer Center & Research Institute, will be at International Plaza to
      talk about cervical cancer and also invite participants to share in a
      productive Make the Connection beading activity. Participants will be
      able to bead their own bracelets to show their support for cervical
      cancer education. Both Garcia and Giuliano are supporting the Make the
      Connection campaign to raise awareness about cervical cancer and its
      cause, a common virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV.
      Make the Connection is a public education campaign sponsored by the
      Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) and Step Up Women's
      Network, with support from Merck & Co., Inc., to raise awareness and
      understanding of cervical cancer, its cause and the importance of
      preventive screening through Pap tests. Worldwide, cervical cancer is
      diagnosed in about 500,000 women each year and responsible for more
      than 280,000 deaths. In the United States, about 10,000 women will
      develop cervical cancer this year and about 3,000 will die from this
      The campaign urges women to "make the connection" between cervical
      cancer and HPV. Despite the fact that approximately eight of 10
      sexually active women will be infected by HPV in their lifetimes, 76
      percent (3,432 respondents nationwide) of women who participated in a
      2005 nationwide survey conducted by the campaign partners did not know
      that cervical cancer is caused by the virus. The awareness level was
      very similar locally, with 75 percent (144 respondents) of women
      residing in Florida who participated in the survey who did not know
      cervical cancer is caused by the virus.
      "I was part of the majority of women who didn't know about the
      connection between cervical cancer and HPV," said Garcia, who has also
      appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, Dawson's Creek, Boston Public and
      Party of Five, and is now one of several celebrities participating in
      Make the Connection. "The value of this campaign is that it not only
      educates women in a very positive, empowering way, but also encourages
      them to connect with other women in an effort to beat cervical cancer."
      "The survey results released today really highlight the lack of basic
      understanding that many women have about cervical cancer," said Dr.
      Giuliano. "Women should know the cause of cervical cancer and the fact
      that it often can be prevented if they are screened regularly with Pap
      tests, a standard part of most gynecologic exams."
      "Through this campaign, we will provide women with information about
      cervical cancer, HPV and the importance of regular Pap screening,"
      added Carolyn Aldigé, Founder and President of the Cancer Research and
      Prevention Foundation.
      Making the Connection
      A key element of the campaign is the Make the Connection bead, part of
      a create-it-yourself bracelet kit that will help raise cervical cancer
      awareness. MMake the Connection bracelet kits are available free
      through the campaign's web site and toll-free line -
      www.maketheconnection.org and 888-4-HPV-CONNECT - and also at Make the
      Connection beading events across the country. Everyone who orders the
      free Make the Connection bracelet kit will get two kits, so she can
      invite someone to join her in showing support against cervical cancer.
      The beading events will bring women and girls together to bead, talk
      about cervical cancer and meet the young actresses who are part of the
      campaign: in addition to JoAnna Garcia, America Ferrera (Lords of
      Dogtown, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Real Woman Have
      Curves) and Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven, The Crow: City of Angels,
      Baywatch, Melrose Place, Right on Track). Locations and dates for all
      the Make the Connection beading events can be found on
      About Cervical Cancer and Human Papillomavirus
      Cervical cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among
      women worldwide. All cervical cancers are caused by some type of human
      papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that spreads through intimate
      contact and infects approximately 6 million people annually in the
      United States alone. Infection with the "high-risk" HPV types 16 and
      18 is responsible for more than two-thirds of all cervical cancers.
      Although a person's immune system usually clears HPV on its own, there
      is no cure for HPV infection. In addition to the cancer-causing
      high-risk HPV types, infection with low-risk types can lead to other
      non-cancerous cervical lesions.
      Pap screening, a simple test conducted in doctors' offices or clinics
      to detect changes in the cells in and around the cervix, is one of the
      most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer. Women should talk to
      their healthcare providers to schedule regular Pap testing, and
      discuss results with them.
      For more information on cervical cancer, HPV and the Make the
      Connection campaign, visit www.maketheconnection.org, or call
      About the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation
      The Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation was started in 1985 when
      Founder and President Carolyn Aldigé first understood the power of
      prevention to defeat cancer - and recognized that too few of the
      country's resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or
      education. Today, it is one of the nation's leading health
      organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence.
      Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $74 million
      in support of cancer prevention and early detection research and
      education programs. CRPF peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to
      more than 250 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic
      medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in
      developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer
      prevention and early detection strategies.
      About Step Up Women's Network
      Founded in 1998, Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit, membership
      organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women
      and girls. Through hands-on community service, mentoring and
      fundraising for women's health and critical issues, we educate and
      activate our membership to ensure that women and girls have the tools
      they need to create a better future.
      About Merck & Co., Inc.
      Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company
      dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, Merck
      discovers, develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines
      in more than 20 therapeutic categories. The company devotes extensive
      efforts to increase access to medicines through far-reaching programs
      that not only donate Merck medicines but help deliver them to the
      people who need them. Merck also publishes unbiased health information
      as a not-for-profit service. For more information, visit www.merck.com.
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      Kelley O'Neal
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