About 4,000 women die from it every year cervical cancer in the US and around 11,500 new cases are being diagnosed. The vast majority of these are caused by HPV (Human Papillomavirus).
Bridgette Rillo, a registered nurse and mother of two in Dayton, Ohio, was just 35 years old when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018.
The now 41-year-old wants to raise awareness of the connection between HPV and cervical cancer.
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Before Rillo’s diagnosis, she was a few months late annual demonstration.
“As busy moms, we tend to put our caring aside,” she told Fox News Digital. “I just put it off because I was busy with my kids and patients.”
After the screening, her doctor called and said the results were “abnormal” and Rillo was positive for HPV. It is the most common Sexually transmitted disease (STI) in the United States, according to the CDC.
After further tests, doctors confirmed that Rillo had cervical cancer.
It was stage 1A2, meaning the cancer was between 3 and 5 millimeters deep.
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“I didn’t have any symptoms, so that was definitely not expected when I got the call,” she told Fox News Digital.
“All my check-ups beforehand were fine.”
As doctors explained to Rillo, HPV can lie dormant in the body for years until something activates it and…