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LeAnn Rimes recently faced a health scare that prompted her to undergo a minor surgical procedure.
In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the beloved singer disclosed the details of a recent health scare experience, revealing that a procedure was necessary after receiving a pap smear with abnormal results.
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“I underwent a minor surgery and I wanted to share what I went in for because I think it’s an important reminder to get our annual screenings in order to catch changes that may be taking place within the body early on,” Rimes wrote.
The examination unveiled the presence of high-grade, precancerous cells. Notably, Rimes tells her followers that she has been diligently incorporating regular screenings and colonoscopies into her health regimen since the age of 17. Despite this proactive approach, her recent check-up indicated that she had high-grade cervical dysplasia, signifying precancerous changes in the cervical cells. Collaborating with her doctor, Rimes opted for a LEEP procedure. This procedure involves the use of a heated thin wire loop, powered by an electric current, to eliminate abnormal tissue, according to cancercenter.com.
In the post, Rimes reveals that she chose to be anesthetized during the procedure, citing a preference for comfort due to past traumas in her life.
“Usually you’re not under anesthesia for this procedure, but I elected to be. I’ve had enough trauma in my life already, so I prefer to be out and comfortable. That, my friends, is advocating for your overall, mental wellness and comfort and I HIGHLY recommend it,” she shared.
Her decision to share her health journey with the public is driven by a desire to advocate for the importance of annual screenings and wellness checks. In doing so, she emphasizes the significance of early detections, even in the absence of typical symptoms for early-stage cervical cancer, highlighting its potential to be a lifesaving measure.
“I’ve always been open about my health challenges and this time around is no different. I think it’s important to share what we are going through with one another, and on another level, for me, as someone who has a platform to be able to raise awareness for issues such as psoriasis, mental health and now, women’s wellness and the importance of annual screenings and early detection.”