January kicks off the New Year with the start of #CervicalcancerAwareness month. As everyone starts to make their New Year’s resolutions we can’t stress enough the importance of putting your health at the top of that list and scheduling your regular screenings. Being proactive with your preventative care can stop cancer in its tracks all together and can especially be said about cervical cancer. Each year in the United States, about 11,500 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed and about 4,000 of them will be fatal.
Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with human papillomavirus or HPV for short and could be preventable. One of the most effective and simplest ways to prevent cervical cancer is by getting an annual pap smear. If left untreated cervical cancer may spread to other parts of the body such as in the lungs, liver, bladder, vagina and rectum.
Symptoms to pay attention to that could potentially be associated with cervical cancer are
* Pain when you have sex
* Unusual vaginal bleeding, such as after sex, between periods, after menopause, or after a pelvic exam
* Unusual vaginal discharge
If cervical cancer has spread some other symptoms and signs to look out for are
* Pelvic pain
* Trouble peeing
* Swollen legs
* Kidney failure
* Bone pain
* Weight loss and lack of appetite
We want to send our support to all those that have been affected by #CervicalCancer and hope that by shining light and information regarding it that it can be caught in the earlier stages and help to be avoided completely.
Sources: Mayoclinic, webMD, healthprept
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