According to WHO (World Health Organization), Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Studies show that about 50,000 new cases and 25,000 deaths are being registered every year. Many countries have adopted new systems and screening methods to detect cancerous cells in the cervix. Social organizations and hospitals are holding hands to educate women on cervical cancer and how early detection increases the chances of survival.
Cervical cancer that starts in the cervix is usually transmitted by a virus called HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Quicker identification of cancer helps women fight against this deadly disease. Cervical cancer is mostly found among women who cross the age of 30. Women of this age should perform regular clinical tests to avoid any possibilities of cancer.
The flip side of this disease is that, it seldom shows any symptoms. As the cancer progresses, you may notice vaginal bleeding and restrained pain during sexual intercourse. For some people, bleeding does not stop even after menopause. If you have these symptoms along with fatigue, loss of hunger, back pain or leg pain, sudden urine discharge etc. need to be handled in the early stages.
Pap smear tests or Pap test is considered to be the preliminary test conducted on women to screen for cancer. There are two types of pap tests- regular and liquid based. In the regular Pap test, cells from the cervix will be smeared on a microscope slide. In the liquid based Pap test, cells from the cervix will be first placed in a liquid before keeping it on the microscope slide. Pap tests should be done every year or once in three years as per the advice of your doctor.
Visual inspection of the cervix is considered to be the most sought after detection method. The inspection is done using acetic acid or Lugol’s iodine which highlights precancerous abrasions. The abrasions can be viewed with the naked eye. Visual inspection has notable advantages of Pap smear test. The important one is that VIA (Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid) gives immediate result to the patients and need only fewer specialists to take care of the tests in the clinics.
Some alternative treatment methods have also found useful and safe by many doctors. A combination of Yoga, meditation and a healthy vegetarian diet is supposed to heal the cancer. Raw food items like leafy vegetables unprocessed seeds, sprouts, grains, fruit juices etc. are good.
Dr. V. Rukmini Rao, President, Gramya Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad, commented on the growing rate of cervical cancer patients in India: “The public health system focuses only on controlling the fertility of women, not on her other problems. If cervical cancer rates are to be reduced, we must ensure women have access to nutritious food, since folic deficiency is known to be associated with cervical cancer. Clean water to ensure basic hygiene is also necessary.” (Source: The Hindu)
Cervical cancer is deadly only when you avoid its symptoms and do not follow routine check-ups. Follow the rules and stay healthy! For more information on Cervical Cancer, please visit ‘Cure for Common Diseases’ section under Healthcare & Pregnancy at http://www.infolona.com
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