National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2019

Lanny Hoskins
Lanny Hoskins
November 14, 2019

This year, Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, held annually from 11 to 18 November, is an opportune time for former Health Promotion Coordinator at the Western Australian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP), Lanny Hoskin to share her personal story in a bid to remind women to make time for their cervical screening.

When Lanny was Health Promotion Coordinator at the Western Australian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) one of her objectives was to promote regular cervical screening to the women of WA. 

Lanny wanted to help save lives, to give women all the information they needed to remind them, encourage them and support them to screen regularly. 

Never for one moment did Lanny think that one of those lives she could save would be her own.

At forty and having promoted cervical screening for over five years, Lanny knew the importance of regular screening so when her routine cervical screen identified she had a high risk type of human papillomavirus (HPV), Lanny knew further investigation was needed.

Following the news, Lanny went for a colposcopy and was later told she had adenocarcinoma, a type of cervical cancer.

“Getting that call was very unexpected and distressing, but luckily the people around me were incredibly supportive,” she said.

“I was referred to a specialist and following some more tests, was told the cancer was at stage one, which meant that it hadn’t spread beyond my cervix.

I am so thankful that it got picked up early. Rather than feel unlucky for getting cancer I feel lucky that it was discovered early before it had a chance to spread any further.

We are so fortunate to have access to the new Cervical Screening Test in Australia; I’m not convinced that my cancer would have been picked up by the previous Pap smear test.”

For more information about cervical screening, visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/cervicalscreening