10 facts everyone needs to know about cervical cancer

Jan 27, 2018, 16:45
10 facts everyone needs to know about cervical cancer

Cervical cancer can be prevented.

Across the United States, the month of January provides an opportunity to begin the conversation about the importance of cervical cancer screening. This holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen.

Stage IV: With the cancer spreading to the other organs or parts of the body this is the most advanced stage of cervical cancer.

"Our research has found a third more BAME women of screening age have never attended a cervical screening appointment compared to white women, and only half are able to identify the human papillomavirus (HPV) as the cause of cervical cancer, compared to nearly two thirds of white women".

Amber's Law could be made a reality after Prime Minister Theresa May said the Government will take a new look at the age restrictions on cervical smear checks.

Cervical Cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35 and is one of the only cancers that can be prevented.

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Every woman over 25 is eligible for a smear test so contact your local GP to book one in.

According to Duska, most people who have been sexually active have been exposed to this virus at some point in their lives.

Other things may increase the risk of developing cancer following a high-risk HPV infection. I was very lucky as the cancer was picked up so early I only needed surgery, I didn't need any further treatment.

Women ages 30 to 65 with negative results for both the Pap and HPV tests should plan to be tested every 5 years, Dominguez said. It also can be cured when found early and treated.

Approximately 300 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year in Ireland and over 90 women die from the disease.

Cervical cancer cases are increasing drastically which makes it even more important to grab all the facts about this condition, which is caused by the HPV Virus, whereby abnormal cells grow and spread in the cervix (lower part of the uterus). Certain types of HPV can lead to cervical cancer. This vaccine is the first working vaccine that has been successful in preventing a particular type of cancer.

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Doctors still don't know for sure what causes some types of cancer, but they do when it comes to one type of cancer.

According to Duska, for the last decade, there has been a big push to get younger girls, particularly those between 11 to 12 years old, vaccinated. An HPV test is not the same as the HPV vaccine.

"The reason that we try to get it to the younger age group is that we are trying to get folks vaccinated before they reach what we call sexual debut", said Jessica Malpass, an assistant professor of nursing and pediatrics.

The HPV vaccine is available by appointment at the Public Health Clinic at 529 I St.in Eureka.

HPV is super common and anyone who has ever had sex, be it a man or a woman can contract the virus in his or her lifetime.

Changes in your vaginal discharge are not just a signal of infection and inflammation; changes in the smell, colour, and consistency of your discharge can also be the precursor of this life-threatening cancer. This is usually used in combination with chemotherapy and also has few side effects like low blood cell counts, fatigue, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and loose stools.

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