Cervical Cancer-A Very Preventable Disease
cervical cancer is the second-leading cancer killer
of women. Yet most of these cases are preventable..
Cervical cancer is preventable.
The key, as with most cancers, is early detection.
98 to 99
percent of all cervical cancers are caused by the
or HPV. The virus is sexually transmitted and comes
in several dozen varieties. While most cases of HPV
resolve on their own, a small minority progress to
cervical cancer making it the biggest health threat
to this part of the female anatomy..
One of the problems with genital
HPV infections is that often they don1t come with
visible signs and symptoms. A
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases study found that almost half the women
infected with HPV had no clear symptoms. What’s more
people infected but who have no symptoms may not
know they can transmit HPV to others.
For now, the best weapon against
cervical cancer is screening in the form of a Pap
smear. And it’s very effective.
The test is easily done in a
gynecologist's office as part of a routine visit.
The problem is that not enough
women are getting screened, and most cases of
cervical cancers occur in unscreened women.
If we could get every women
screened, we could eliminate this disease like
polio. Women sometimes think
after t heir last baby, they don't need to go to the
gynecologist anymore. And they really couldn't be
more wrong- and cervical cancer screening is one
reason among many.
Women advises to start getting
regular Pap smears within 3 years of becoming
sexually active but no later than age 21.
is a great organ, you can Pap it, magnify it, biopsy
it, cryo it, laser it,
at it . It's not like the lung. There's no excuse
for any woman today to get cervical cancer.
So get screened.