The sports journalist recently opened up to Sports Illustrated about learning she’d been diagnosed with cervical cancer in September 2016 just six months after winning a highly public lawsuit over a 2008 peeping Tom video, shot in a Nashville hotel.

“Finally I got to the point w I believed it too. ‘Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.’ ”. Andrews underwent a secondary procedure in early November, after which doctors did not detect any sign of cancer.

Rews taking her experience public provides a crucial reminder to all women about the importance of getting routine cancer screenings, as an estimated 12,820 American women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

A few decades ago, statistics around cervical cancer were a lot more dismal: The condition was once a common cause of cancer death among women.

Over the last 40 years, the number of cervical cancer deaths have dropped more than 50 percent, mostly due to increased pap smears.

The test allows for doctors to find cervical cancer in its earliest and most preventable stage, as well as pre-cancerous cells.

According to the most updated data from the CDC, fewer than 5,000 women died from cervical cancer in 2013 and most women who died from the disease did not engage in routine screenings.

You may also qualify to get a free or low-cost test through the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

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