Sunday, June 20, 2010

Women should know Cervical Cancer

Cervix cancer can be seen in the neck of the uterus and it's extended up to the vagina. This cancer is 100 % curable if diagnosed earlier or of it still at the early stages and i mean very early stages.
The symptoms of cervix cancer are the following:

  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding in between menstrual period.
  • Bleeding after a sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal flow of menstruation
There are no visible symptoms if it's still in a very early stage. Based on research studies, It's been seen that there is a relation between Herpes simplex 2 or genital herpes with cervix cancer. Woman who usually diagnosed with this kind of cancer are :
  • women who belongs to low socio economic status and the possibility that they we're once very sexually active in their younger years.
  • Women who had many sexual partners are also prone to this cancer.
  • Those who had many children.
  • And those who have uncircumcised husband.
If this cancer are diagnosed early. It can be 100% curable. But if the cancer is already confined in the cervix, there' will be 70 % to 90% chances of survival 5 years after the treatment. If the surrounded tissues are already invaded by cancer, There will be 40 % to 60 % chances of survival 5 years after the treatment. If the cancer is already in the bladder and rectum, there will be 20% chances of survival. If it spread in lymph nodes. The survival percentage will decrease.
Is cervix cancer contagious? No. There are two modes of therapy for the treatment of this cancer:

  1. Surgical removal of cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and the lymph nodes around it. The ovaries can be remove. It really doesn't depends on the age and the extent of the cancer.
  2. Radiation therapy. It can be the special x- ray machine or radioactive implants.

These two treatments are highly recommended. Annual pap smear is the best thing to do for early detection.

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