It's cervical cancer awareness month! Each year in the U.S. approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and more than 4,000 die as a result. The disease takes an even greater toll globally as the vast majority of cervical cancers occur in low-income countries. In both the U.S. and abroad, cervical cancer is most often found in women living in poverty and who lack access to health care.
Truth is, every woman with a cervix is at risk of cervical cancer, and the earlier it is diagnosed, the more chances to be prevented. Few ways one can prevent cervical cancer are:
(1) Attending cervical screening when invited (even though is not recommended for anyone under 25 years old, because cervical cancer is very rare in under-25s). And if you are over 25 and haven't been screened, get screened today!!! Prevention is better than cure!
(2) Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
(3) Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
(4) Knowing where to find support and further information
Symptoms and signs of cervical cancer includes:
(1) Blood spots or light bleeding between or following periods.
(2) Menstrual bleeding that is longer and heavier than usual.
(3) Bleeding after intercourse, douching, or a pelvic examination.
(4) Increased vaginal discharge.
(5) Pain during sexual intercourse.
(6) Bleeding after menopause.
(7) Unexplained, persistent pelvic and/or back pain.#healthawareness#healthpromotion#healthcare#healthylifestyle