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One cancer is almost 100% preventable. And Chicago is making a move to eradicate it

CHICAGO - "It happens when you least expect it. ... It was my last semester before it was time for me to graduate. That's when I found out."

Morgan Park resident Angela Williams was 40 years old in 2015 when she received a diagnosis of cervical cancer following a routine gynecological checkup.

"There are so many emotions when you hear the word cancer the first time around," she said. "It was like, 'OK, we can give you a hysterectomy, and then you'll be OK from there.' I was upset, but I thought there are a lot of people who don't make it. So take this surgery, and do what you got to do."

Williams, 44, now a CTA bus driver, has had cancer two more times since then, both in 2017 - recurrences involving her colon and lymph nodes.

"The second time I had cancer was the hardest time because I had to go through chemotherapy and radiation treatment. And within weeks, I lost a lot of weight. I went through a lot the second time, so hearing that it came

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