Friday, April 1, 2011

Women: Beware of Cervical Cancer

One of the featured illness in a national news is the prevention and cure of cervical cancer. Since, 80% of women are at risk, I can only be alerted. And, ages between 35 - 39 and 60 above are of higher risks. What can be more dangerous though is the fact that cervical cancer may not pose any symptoms until the cancer is of advanced stage.

Wikipedia defines cervical cancer as, " malignant neoplasm of the cervix uteri or cervical area." Women can prevent incidence of cervical cancer through regular pap smear at least once a year, and HPV vaccination against two (2) strains that cause the cancer has been used in US, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Symptoms of cervical cancer includes vaginal bleeding, contact bleeding or vaginal mass. But, in the early stage, cervical cancer may pose no symptoms at all. In advanced stage, symptoms include loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, single swollen leg, heavy bleeding from the vagina, leaking of urine or faeces from the vagina, and bone fractures.

Treatment of cervical cancer may require surgery in earlier stages and chemotherapy and radiotheraphy at later stage.

With presence of vaccination and pap smear screening, it shall be helpful if women get to acquire these services before it is too late. For more information on cervical cancer, you can read it here.



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