THE SILENT KILLER.
I am not a medical Practitioner and I was not trained in the health sector. Under normal circumstance, I should be writing some articles on politics. However there is this saying that the toad does not leap in the day time for nothing. If you see the toad leaping in the day time, it means something is after its life. Cervical cancer is currently one of the dangerous cancerous diseases that is snatching away the lives of a lot of women. Though various female-oriented groups are stepping up the campaign on this particular issue, a lot of people are still either in the dark or are not interested altogether. If you are a lady, spending ten minutes to read this can save you from years of suffering or from avoidable death. Do not wait to join the “had I known” slogan. I compiled this piece from some online sources to help you if you are a lady.
WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER?
Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens at the top of the vagina.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). HPV is a common virus that is spread through sexual intercourse. There are many different types of HPV. Some strains lead to cervical cancer. (Other strains may cause genital warts, while others do not cause any problems at all.)
Having sex at an early age
Multiple sexual partners
- Sexual partners who have multiple partners or who participate in high-risk sexual activities
- Weakened immune system
WHAT SIGNS SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR (SYMPTOMS)
Most of the time, early cervical cancer has no symptoms. Symptoms that may occur can include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
- Any bleeding after menopause
- Continuous vaginal discharge, which may be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling
- Periods become heavier and last longer than usual
Symptoms of advanced cervical cancer may include:
- Back pain
- Bone fractures
- Heavy bleeding from the vagina
- Leaking of urine or faeces from the vagina
- Leg pain
- Loss of appetite
- Pelvic pain
- Single swollen leg
- Weight loss
CAN IT BE TREATED?
Why not! Just seek help.
Treatment of cervical cancer depends on:
- The stage of the cancer
- The size and shape of the tumor
- The woman’s age and general health
- Her desire to have children in the future
Early cervical cancer can be cured by removing or destroying the precancerous or cancerous tissue. There are various surgical ways to do this without removing the uterus or damaging the cervix, so that a woman can still have children in the future.
HOW CAN I PREVENT CERVICAL CANCER?
If you can not abstain from sex altogether, Practicing safe sex (using condoms) also reduces your risk of HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases. HPV infection causes genital warts. These may be barely visible or several inches wide. If a woman sees warts on her partner’s genitals, she should avoid intercourse with that person.
To further reduce the risk of cervical cancer, women should limit their number of sexual partners and avoid partners who participate in high-risk sexual activities. If you smoke, quit. Cigarette smoking is associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer.
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Credit: PubMed Health.htm