January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
Do you avoid Pap Smears? You may be at risk for Cervical Cancer, a completely preventable disease.
Come to the Old Stone House and check out Ryan Cronin’s cervical cancer prevention public art installation where, women can perform their own free screening for cervical cancer.
Here is the story behind the project:
When the current US administration began to attack women’s healthcare, Dr. Maggie Carpenter and Ryan Cronin, an artist, conceived the idea of “The Box;” a public art piece that also acts as a privacy booth for women to self-swab a sample for HPV testing. This allows women to take their healthcare into their own hands. Traditionally cervical cancer screening has been done with a pap smear which required a doctor’s visit. Now HPV testing is an established alternative to pap smear screening in women 30-65. Studies have shown that women are capable of self-collecting their samples and the art installation will provide a safe, private place for women to do so.
Dr. Maggie Carpenter, founder of Go Doc Go, and Artist Ryan Cronin have found a beautiful intersection between art and medicine that empowers women, raises cervical cancer awareness, and challenges our current approach to healthcare in the United States.