Posted: 27 days ago

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cervix (lower part of the uterus). Cervical cancer can be prevented with regular screenings and vaccinations. Depending on the severity various methods of screening and treatment are available. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Screening procedure like PAP test(PAP smear) can help to detect the cancerous cells at an early stage. Other than that vaccination options are available(HPV vaccine). During the budget speech, Finance Minster Nirmala Sitharaman stated, "Our government will encourage vaccination for girls aged 9 to 14 years as a preventive measure against cervical cancer".

Edited by Leprechaun - 27 days ago
Posted: 27 days ago

🌸 Raising Awareness: Cervical Cancer 🌸

Cervical cancer is a topic that deserves our attention and understanding. It's a disease that affects women worldwide, but with awareness and preventive measures, we can make a difference. 

🔍 What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer begins in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. It's often caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can be contracted through sexual contact.

🚺 Who's at Risk?

  • All women are at risk, but the risk is higher in those who have HPV infection, a weakened immune system, or a family history of cervical cancer.
  • Regular screening and early detection can save lives.

💡 Prevention and Protection:

  1. Vaccination: The HPV vaccine is a powerful tool in preventing cervical cancer. Ensure that young girls and boys receive the vaccine as recommended by healthcare professionals.

  2. Regular Screenings: Pap smears and HPV tests can detect precancerous changes in the cervix. Women should follow their doctor's recommendations for screening frequency.

  3. Safe Sexual Practices: Practicing safe sex, including the use of condoms and limiting the number of sexual partners, can reduce the risk of HPV transmission.

  4. Quit Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of cervical cancer. Quitting smoking can significantly decrease this risk.

  5. Healthy Lifestyle: A well-balanced diet, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can contribute to overall health and potentially reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

🤝 Share Awareness:

By spreading the word about cervical cancer and its prevention, we can empower women to take charge of their health. Encourage friends and family to get vaccinated and screened regularly. Together, we can reduce the impact of this preventable disease. 💕

Even the government is going to take pro-active steps to get the young girls between the age of 9-14.

"Our government will encourage vaccination for girls in the age group of 9 to 14 years for prevention of cervical cancer" Nirmala Sitharaman said in her interim budget speech.

#CervicalCancerAwareness #HealthMatters

Disclaimer: I am not a medical expert and much of the information was gathered online and compiled in an easy to understand format. Remember, always consult your healthcare provider for personalised advice and recommendations.

Posted: 27 days ago

Thank you dear Kadyn for sharing this very important health topic .

Many lives can be saved if detected early .

Many a lives can be improved by early surgery and timely treatment .

In olden days ladies were hesitant to visit male doctors and many times the men folk did not allow the women in their family to visit male doctors for gynac problems. Many lives have been lost in the past . TIMES HAVE CHANGED.

We have lady Gynacs in every locality now . 
we all must be aware how to detect this cancer and prevent it in time . 

This is one notorious cancer which causes very little symptoms and women tend to ignore the minor signs n symptoms 

Will share symptoms in separate post .

Let’s see how to screen for this life threatening cancer ..

PAP Smear test .

Procedure explained in simple language . 

PAP smear test is a very very simple and quite reliable . False positive and false negative do happen but it’s corroborated with other tests to arrive at diagnosis . 

It was started more then 100 yrs ago and still in use till date .

A small wooden spatula ..(something resembling a thin wooden spoon) is used to take a little smear from the mouth of cervix . 
It is an OPD procedure . Takes less than a minute to do the procedure , it’s painless n requires no anaesthesia . 
Best time is 10-15 days after last menstrual period . For post menopausal women it can be done any time .

(Abstinence from sex is advisable for 3 days before undergoing this test to get best results ) 

When to do PAPS test 
For teenagers it’s not a routine procedure .

Women age 21 to 29 should have a Paps test alone every 3 years. 

HPV testing alone can be considered for women who are 25 to 29, but Paps tests are preferred. Women age 30 to 65 have three options for testing. They can have both a Paps test and an HPV test every 5 yrs 

years. If there is family history and mild symptoms post menopausal ladies have been advised this test one a year also (depending on risk  factors) 

PAPS test can detect pre cancerous changes,

It can detect cancer , and its type . 
test for HPV can be done at the same time .

Edited by Sutapasima - 25 days ago
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Posted: 27 days ago

04th Feb is World Cancer Day 

It’s a very good idea to discuss on this issue n share information , spread awareness among our fellow human beings .
Not only humans but our furry friends and feathered friends also suffer from this and for them it’s poor prognosis.

Edited by Sutapasima - 27 days ago
Posted: 27 days ago

Thank you all for the informative posts.

I don't think Sutapasima's post listing risk factors should be marked Mature. One of the risk factors is early sexual activity, and that information is most useful to the people who can't read Mature posts.

Posted: 27 days ago

Other forms of Cancer that affect Women: 

Breast Cancer - Cancer that forms in the breast tissue

Endometrial Cancer - A type of cancer that begins in the lining of the womb (uterus).

Ovarian Cancer - A cancer that begins in the female organs that produce eggs (ovaries).

Issues related to Reproduction and / or Infertility : 

Fibroids in Uterus 

PCOS ( Polycystic Ovary Syndrome ) 

All women out there.. married or unmarried, go to your OBGYN for consultation and get yourself checked if your Gynae insists on getting check ups done.. 

Edited by Swetha-Sai - 26 days ago
Posted: 27 days ago

Great idea to create awareness on IF

If Poonam made this up then she lost my respect

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