Good morning. It's 5:30 or so. Eight working fingers and no working sleep. Ugh. Nightmares.
So google doodle today honors Georgios Papanikolau, who is best known for the early detecton cancer test he developed taht we ladies know by the (thankfully!) abbreviated "Pap smear". He also is lesser known for helping doctors rethink how they detect cancer, and for having to share teh honor on his test with a Dr. Babes of Romania, who was on the same track a couple years before Papanikolau. In Romania, it's the Babes-Papanikolau test. (Gesundheit?!)... All this before 1930.
That said, the Pap smear wasn't widely used int he US at least until the mid-1950s, after which cervical cancer rates declined and mortality rates dropped a *lot*. In many cases, cells are detected before becoming actually *cancerous* and are merely "abnormal" --- worth watching and in some cases pre-emptively treating, but allowing for greater survivability no matter what.
How far have we come? We can vaccinate against human papillomavirus (HPV), which for some reason goes from being just this viral thing hanging around to creating cancer in women's uteri and cervixes. There are two types of HPV identified as being most likely to do that (about 70% of cervical cancers). And, as it's readily sexually transmitted... and yes it can occur in men, who usually just get genital warts.... Well, better safe than sorry.
Most strains of HPV, btw, just go away on their own. Or give genital warts. Or nothing. Thus, it can be found it about 1/4th of the US adult population, and mostly cause no problem... But if it is diagnosed, best to see if you can get a vaccine against future (re-)infection.
That is a LONG way to come from a century ago, when it was "we'll find out if you have cancer when we remove all your parts and then irradiate you!" no matter *what*. As scary as the whole process is *now*... waaaaay worse pre-Pap smear and similar!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day, even if not a mom or not on terms with own moms.... I decided to fairly ignore it. Too much crapfest in my own mom situation of late.
Off to drink something hot and chocolate-involved, and prepare for Cranky Hubby ("I am bone-weary" he said last night and proceeded to be incredibly pissy and not come to bed until midnight b/c he preferred to stay away and watch TV b/c didn't say the "righ tthing" as if ther eis aright thing to say to someone in a shitty mood no matter what the circumstances...)
Big purrs of comfort and puma power:-)
Absolute agony here, so keeping it brief. Forget it. (Well, I meant another eff word but...)Hugs and support. Just gonna be a long hot rotten day here, so...CUteness required...
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia earlier this month (May) and it really sucks. I have been in so much pain. It is so stressful dealing with another health problem for me. I hope these new meds work because this is really annoying and hard to deal with.