There are a lot of cancers out in the world today which doctors don’t even know the causes of some of it but are working tirelessly to find out why it happens. In a world we are in today, a lot of women do not know that there is a cancer that affects the cervix which connects their uterus with vagina and that is ‘CERVICAL CANCER’. This article will shed more light to the what, where, how, when and prevention’s.
WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
In lay man terms, Cervical cancer is a cancer that affects the deeper tissues of the cervix and if not well taken care of, it may spread to other parts of the body, often the lungs, bladder, vagina, liver, and rectum.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
It’s mostly caused by infection with HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV), which is preventable with a vaccine. Other causes are extensive usage of birth control pills, smoking of cigars, having multiple sexual partners, having sex before the age of 16 or within a year of starting period. Cervical cancer grows slowly just like any other cancers so there’s usually time to find and treat it before it causes serious problems and it’s easily detected through the improved screening ‘PAP SMEAR’.
HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS is more of like a STI (Sexually transmitted infection).
PAP SMEAR is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix.
WHO ARE THOSE THAT CONTACT IT?
Women between the age of 35 to 45 years old are most likely to get it but people even below the age of 35 years old also stand a risk of getting it unless they are taking preventive measures.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
• Bleeding after menopause
• Unusual vaginal bleeding ( after sex, after pelvic exam, between periods)
• Pain while having sex
• Unusual vaginal discharge
• Pelvic pain
HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
It can be prevented through taking and adhering to these measures;
• Getting the HPV vaccine
• Quit smoking
• Get a PAP TEST every 3 years once you’re 21 years or older
• Quit having multiple sexual partners
Prevention is better than cure.
Make sure you get tested in order to avoid stories that touch the heart. Also there are NGOs that organizes CERVICAL CANCER test to women. One of those NGOs is SEBECCELY CANCER CARE ORGANIZATION at Iga-iduganran. The survival rate is close to 100% when you treat precancerous and early cancerous changes.
Many who have Cervical Cancer recovers completely if they adhere to the guidelines. Living with CERVICAL CANCER causes the carrier to feel resentful, angry, but friends and family can be really supportive in killing all the negativity. Even those with similar experiences can help to bring those high negativity to a notch. In all,
STAY SAFE AND STAY BRIGHT!