Cervical Cancer and Other Types Unique to Women
There are some types of cancer conditions that can only be found among women. These types of cancers can only affect women as a result of their biological conditioning and make-up. Some cancers affect women and men equally but others are specifically unique in women. The first is breast cancer, which is very common in females but unusual in men. The second is cervical cancer, a development of cancerous effects in the cervix and unique to women because human males don’t have a cervix. The cancer affecting the liming of a human organ is medically referred to as carcinoma. Both breast and cervical cancers are carcinoma cases.
Most cervical cases of cancer develop after a woman has been diagnosed with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Cervical and breast cancer is better detected during its early stages of development to avoid severe complications that especially arise if cancerous cells have already spread up to the heart or vagina’s surface. Too much delay before treatment allows the cancer cells to spread to the entire body. If they do, then nothing much can really be done to save a patient’s life because at this stage the cancer is said to be in the terminal phase.
Cervical and breast cancers cells may spreads to many body organs brewing serious complications such as tumors blocking the urine passage just after the bladder. Cases of the rectum obstruction are also common. When breast and or cervical cancers invade the patient’s lymphatic system, severe skin tumors result. Another case of women cancer is metastases which is a type of cervical cancer but which has spread to the lower parts of the female’s vagina.
Cervical cancers symptoms include vaginal bleeding, pain and bleeding during and after sexual intercourse among others. Symptoms of breast cancer include abnormal enlargement of breasts, pain, pale skin and hard solid formations in the breast. Women at the medium age of 40-50 years exhibit higher risks of developing cervical cancers. Genital complications increase chances of cervical cancer development, although the popular myth that circumcision causes cervical cancers is not true. Also, a woman with a herpes complex condition is highly predisposed to cancer cervical cases at one point of her lifetime.
Research has also shown that sexual intercourse at a very early age when the sexual organs of a girl are not yet fully developed, can amplify the possibility of developing cervical cancers during her midlife age. Women who are very sexually active with multiple partners have higher risks of cervical cancers development. Excessive smoking by women and even frequent pregnancies and or abortions constitutes other common risk increasing factors of cervical cancerous cases.
Diagnosis of cancer in the breasts or cervix is mainly done through screening tests. Screening tests have actually been adopted all over the world as the precautionary measure in averting breast cancer by enabling early diagnosis. Screening is a strategy that helps detect cancer cells in the body and most doctors recommend that every woman be screened yearly at the very least. The most popular screening test is pap smear, otherwise very accurate although sometimes results may be incorrect especially at the early stages of cancer.