Majority might have heard of cervical cancer but do not know the cause or how much damage it can cause and hence don't take it seriously.
In this article I would like to educate all being it male or female even though it concerns females for the wide spread of cancer awareness.
What is cervical cancer?
This is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, that is, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.it is caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus(HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that play majority role in causing cervical cancer. When one is exposed to Humaman Papilloma virus(HPV), the body's immune system totally prevents the virus from doing harm.
A little percentage of people however, survives with the virus for year contributing to the process that causes some cervical cells to develop to cancer cells.
Types of cervical cancer:
1.Adenocarcinoma:This type of cancer starts in the column, shaped glandular cells that line the cervical canal.
2.Squamous cell cacinoma:This begins in the thin, flat cells that line the bottom of the cervix.This type of cancer accounts for about 80 percent of cervical cancer.
The type of cervical cancer you have, will determine your prognosis and treatment.
Symptoms of cervical cancer:
Early stage cervical cancer do not give signs and symptoms but the more advanced cervical cancer includ:
1.Vaginal bleeding after intercourse , between your periods or after menopause..
2.Pain during intercourse or pelvic pain
3.watery bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy with a foul smell .
Causes of cervical cancer:
It isnt clear what causes cervical cancer , but it really certain that Human Papiloma Virus(HPV) plays a role.Human Papilloma Virus is very common, and most at times a lot of people with the virus never get cancer.This means other things that contributes can be our environment or our life style, your choice in life can also determine whether you will develop cervical cancer or not.
Risk factors of cervical cancer:
1.Early sexual activity:having sexual intercourse at an early stage makes one vulnerable to cervical cancer.
2.Sexually transmitted infection(STI):some sexually transmitted infection such as syphilis, gonorrhea , chlamydia or AIDS increase your risk.
3.Multiple sexual partners:The more sexual partners you have, the more your risk and when your partner also has numerous sexual partners, the chance of acquiring Human Papiloma Virus(HPV) is great.
4.Weakened immune system:One may be vulnerable to cervical cancer if the immune system is weak by another health condition and you have HPV.
Prevention of cervical cancer:
1.Screening test:One should have a screening test to check if you are safe from cervical cancer or not.
2.Vaccine:Receive a vaccine from the hospital that protect from cervical cancer
The earlier you go for testing for cervical caner, the earlier your treatment and diagnosis.
Thanks for taking time to read through this article, please share or spread for cervical cancer awareness.Thank you.
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