Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Power Over Cervical Cancer

*This is a public community service*. I found about this while bloghopping at KlubbKidd.

What is the campaign all about?

It is  about to raise awareness to the women in our country of the cervical cancer and help to reduce the rates of the disease. Some quick facts about the cancer, taken from the above website:

  • It is the 2nd most common cancer affecting women. 1
  • Each year, about 500,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 270,000 die from it. 1
  • Cervical cancer is caused by a common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Regardless of age, all females risk exposure to the HPV virus as it can spread via skin contact and sexual intercourse.3
  • Early sexual experience increases risk of cervical cancer. 4
  • Women who smoke are 2 times more at risk than non-smokers. 2
  • High number of pregnancies increases risk. 5
  • Usage of contraceptives is a factor of cervical cancer. 5
  • Sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia, Herpes may cause cervical cancer. 2
  • Pap smear was introduced in 1943 to detect possible cancer causing cells in the cervix. 7
  • Pap smears can detect pre-cancerous and abnormal cells but it does not prevent the cause of abnormal cells and cervical cancer. 8
  • Regular Pap smear tests decreases a woman’s chances of developing cervical cancer by 5 times

If I'm not mistaken, know we can get the immunization for this virus. Please consult your gynae, I will..hehe..

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