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Conquering Cervical Cancer

Written by
Dr. Gowrimeena
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 10, 2014 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  1 min read



Cancer cervix (mouth of the womb or uterus) is one of the leading causes of death due to cancer in women. Read on this article to know how to conquer cervical cancer.

Conquering Cervical Cancer

Virtually all types of cervical cancers are caused by high risk types of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) which is usually spread through sexual contact. Hence, in effect the HPV vaccines can prevent 70 percent of cervical cancers before exposure to HPV (i.e, before onset of sexual activity).

These vaccines can be taken from the age of 9 years to 45 years. The course consists of three injections given over a period of 6 months. The only situation where we avoid the injection is pregnancy and when a woman could be pregnant. If you have had allergic reactions with previous HPV vaccine, we avoid the subsequent doses.

Simple, quick & painless tests called pap smear test done in the clinic can pick up early cancers and pre-cancers while they are still asymptomatic (silent). This involves a gynaecological internal examination and testing at the same time.

Pap smear is often confused with cervical biopsy, a test where a small bit of tissue is taken from the cervix. There can be some bleeding during the biopsy and we do it under local anaesthesia, so there is no pain. So, having a pap smear is not painful.

The recommendation for pap smears is to get it done yearly, 3 years from the onset of sexual activity. If three consecutive annual smears are normal, then they can be done once in 3 years until the age of 50 years, after which they can be done once in 5 years till the age of 65 years.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms:

If you have any of these symptoms, please consult a gynaecologist online immediately -->

Protect yourself, near and dear ones particularly your girl children with the gift of HPV vaccine.

Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  1 min read


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