10 facts everyone needs to know about cervical cancer

27 January, 2018, 16:44 | Author: Julio Duncan
  • 10 facts everyone needs to know about cervical cancer

No single step can protect from cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer can be prevented.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health is joining communities around the U.S.in promoting cervical health.

There are several risk factors that may increase the chance of developing cervical cancer, including HPV infection, smoking, being overweight and having a family history of cervical cancer. In most cases vaginal bleeding is the first most noticeable symptom of cervical cancer. National Cervical Cancer Awareness month is meant to remind women how to protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

"Increasing awareness of the importance of early detection and its role in decreasing the mortality and morbidity of cervical cancer within the female population of the UAE is an important focus for us", said Dr Suhaila Alameeri, consultant anatomic pathologist at NRL, and member of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority Cervical Cancer Screening Technical Taskforce.

The symptoms of cervical cancer aren't always obvious and it may not cause symptoms at all until it's reached an advanced stage. But having sex with just one partner can lower the risk. As I tell most of my patients, HPV is a virus. This allows treatment to take place before the cancer develops.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott raised the issue in Parliament of smear tests for under-25s.


According to the World Health Organization, screening is recommended for all women between the ages of 30 to 49 at least once in their lifetime, but ideally more frequently.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she will ask the Health Secretary to take a look at how smear tests concerns.


He recommended a test every year after 30 to further decrease cervical cancer rates. According to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition, 13 thousand. women will be diagnosed and 4 thousand die each year from the disease.

Doctors still don't know for sure what causes some types of cancer, but they do when it comes to one type of cancer. "Like other vaccines, the HPV vaccine must be given before possible exposure to the disease to be effective in preventing illness". One reason for this is because HPV can cause other types of cancers such as anal, oropharyngeal and head and neck cancers, as well as genital warts. Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable cancers. 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.

The University's Cancer Center has helped fund prevention centers, connect people with resources to get vaccinated and raise awareness by sponsoring a viewing of the movie "Someone Like Me", which follows a woman's story with cervical cancer. Women who have had the HPV vaccine still need to have regular Pap tests. "We have studies that say that's not true".

Who is likely to get HPV?


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