African American women are dying from the most preventable form of Cancer!
The CDC states that there are over 12,000 cases of cervical cancer annually. Of the close to 2,000 African American women diagnosed with cervical cancer, over 40% of them will die. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers and can be screened with a routine Pap test.
Who is at Risk for Cervical Cancer?
All women are at risk for cervical cancer, however it occurs more frequently in women over 30. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus). HPV is a common virus that is spread through sexual intercourse. There are many different types of HPV. Some strains lead to cervical cancer. (Other strains may cause genital warts, while others do not cause any problems at all.) The CDC recommends women age 21-65 get a Pap test every 3 years and HPV test every 5 years.
What are the symptoms of Cervical Cancer?
Most of the time, early cervical cancer has no symptoms. Symptoms that may occur can include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse, or after menopause
- Continuous vaginal discharge, which may be pale, watery, pink, brown, bloody, or foul-smelling
- Periods become heavier and last longer than usual
Cervical cancer may spread to the bladder, intestines, lungs, and liver. Patients with cervical cancer do not usually have problems until the cancer is advanced and has spread.
Treatment for cervical cancer is surgery, radiation and or chemotherapy depending on what stage the cancer is in
There is a HPV vaccination click here to get more info about it.
January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! Please share this information to help education and possibly save lives!
For More information contact the CDC at www.cdc.gov/cancer/knowledge 1-800-CDC-INFO
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