Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection appears to be involved in the development of more than 90% of cases. Women of all ages are at risk of developing this cancer after they begin having sexual intercourse. Other risk factors include smoking, a weak immune system, using birth control pills, starting sex at a young age, and having many sexual partners.
Worldwide, cervical cancer is both the fourth-most common cause of cancer and the fourth-most common cause of death from cancer in women.
Always bear in mind that the chance to successfully treat cervical cancer are higher if it is detected during the early stages. With the use of Pap tests and the HPV vaccination, it’s become possible to treat as well as prevent cervical cancer.
With knowledge of these symptoms you can alert yourself or others before it’s too late!
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain during intercourse
- Pelvic pain
- Discomfort while urinating
- Heavier and longer menstrual periods
- Loss of bladder control
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant fatigue
- Leg Pain
- Women between 20 and 30 years old should get a screening every 3 years. Those 30 to 65 years old should be screened every 3 to 5 years.
- Get an HPV vaccination at early 20s.
- Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
- Take the right steps to prevent STDs. This will help reduce your risk of cervical cancer.
Sources: Cancer.org, Top10homeremedies
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