Cervical Cancer Prevention
Lets Talk About Cancer – From the Physician’s Desk …
JANUARY is Cervical Cancer Screening Month
No one should have to die from Cervical Cancer! You can help decrease the number of cervical cancer diagnosis and death. The most recent data available from CDC https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/statistics/index.htm is for 2014 and shows:
- 12,578 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer
- 4,115 women in the United States died from cervical cancer
Do you know any woman between the ages of 21 and 65? Chances are that you do. If you know them well enough (and only if you do – insert disclaimer here), ask them, “When was your last pap-smear?” Ah! Too direct? Then share this blog with them.
- Almost all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). This virus is commonly passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV, some causes cancers and others can cause genital or skin warts, while others may not result in any changes.
- Using birth control pills for a long time
- Several sexual partners
- Birth to 3+ children
Cervical Cancer is located on the lower part of the Uterus, called the cervix, the area that opens into the vagina. Like other Cancers, it occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control.
It is VERY important to have Pap Tests, as this can find early changes in the cells lining the cervix before they turn into Cancer.
Symptoms (What may be experienced): Early cervical cell changes usually does not cause any symptoms. However, if it has progress to Cancer you may experience;
- pain or bleeding during sex
- vaginal discharge tinged with blood (not associated with menstrual cycle)
- bleeding and pain when applying a diaphragm to the cervix.
If there are any concerns, have a chat with your doctor. This disease is preventable and treatable! Visit your doctor today and get screened. You may be saving your life (or that of a love one)!
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
Your Family Friendly Cancer Doc … Queen