What it is?

  • Abnormal cell growth of cervix.
  • When a woman infected by certain types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV), her body might detain the virus or make it worst.
  • Types:
  1. squamous cell carcinoma – These cancers are from the squamous cells that cover the surface of the exocervix. (80%-90% cervical cancer)
  2. adenocarcinoma – Cervical adenocarcinoma develops from the mucus-producing gland cells of the endocervix.(10%-20% cervical cancer)

Symptoms ?

  • early stage:vaginal bleeding, contact bleeding, vaginal mass, pain during intercourse and vaginal discharge (minimum)
  • advance stage : loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, heavy bleeding from vagina, leaking urine, bone fractures and single swollen leg.

Causes ?

  • HPV infection, smoking, HIV infection, chlamydia infection, dietary factors, hormonal contraception, multiple pregnancies, use of the hormonal drug diethylstilbestrol (DES), multiple partner and a family history of cervical cancer.

Our responsibility

  • Aware and gain knowledge about the cancer. Share and remind others too
  • Do Pap smear every year (especially age 20-65) – part of a gynecological exam (checkup), helps detect abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix before they have the chance to become cervical precancer or cervical cancer. The results of a Pap test can help healthcare professionals decide if further testing (for example, a biopsy or HPV DNA test) or treatments are necessary
  • Take preventive vaccine – The Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine protects against four of the most prevalent strains of HPV that can lead to cervical cancer – types 6, 11, 16 and 18. Some 70% of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV types 16 and 18 alone, while types 6 and 11 cause 90% of genital warts cases.

Don’t just ignore. Take action because it might help you later. 🙂

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