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Liz Lange- Cervical Cancer Experience

Liz Lange, the founder and president of Liz Lange Maternity, has been cancer-free for eight years.  The maternity wear maven was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 35 after her annual Pap smear came back abnormal, and subsequent tests detected the disease.  Needless to say, the diagnosis came as a shock to the young mother who had two small children at home and a thriving business to oversee.  Like many women, Lange didn't think cervical cancer would or could happen to her.  She had no outward symptoms of the disease and no real knowledge of why or how she got it.  She soon learned that almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papilloma virus, or HPV, which is very common sexually transmitted disease.  In fact, three out of four people will get it at some point in their lives. In most cases, HPV is harmless since the immune system usually fights off the virus before it causes any ill-health effects.  But in some cases, women end up with damage in the cells of the cervix, which can become cancerous.  Lange chose to have a hysterectomy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy...a course of treatment that has kept her cancer free since her initial diagnosis. Since battling her cancer, Lange now feels "compelled" to share her story and to educate women about cervical cancer, the importance of regular gynecological exams and knowledge of HPV.

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