All About Cervical Cancer!

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Prevention and screening are the most important ways to fight cervical cancer. Cervical health is a vital aspect of overall well-being that often takes in women’s healthcare discussions.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by persistent infection with high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection, and while most infections resolve on their own, persistent infection with certain types of HPV can lead to the development of cervical cancer over time.

How to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

Preventing cervical cancer involves a combination of vaccination, lifestyle choices, and regular screenings. Here are key steps to help prevent cervical cancer:

  1. HPV Vaccination: The most effective way to prevent cervical cancer is through vaccination against high-risk strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Encourage yourself, your loved ones, and your community to receive vaccination, particularly for young girls and boys, preferably beginning at age 9-12. Talk with your health care provider if you are between 26 and 45 years of age to see if the vaccine is right for you. Depending upon your age, the vaccine is given in either two or three doses.

2. Regular Screenings: Routine screenings, including Pap smears and HPV tests, are crucial for early detection of precancerous changes in the cervix. Regular screenings can identify abnormalities before they progress to cervical cancer, allowing for timely intervention and treatment.

3. Quit Smoking: Smoking is a known risk factor for cervical cancer. Quitting smoking not only reduces the risk of cervical cancer but also improves overall health and well-being.

4. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle supports overall well-being, including cervical health. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight contribute to a robust immune system and may reduce the risk of cervical cancer.

5. HPV Awareness and Education: Increasing awareness about HPV and its link to cervical cancer is crucial. Educating individuals about the importance of vaccination, and routine screenings empowers them to take proactive steps in protecting their cervical health.

6. When to see a Doctor: Consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Persistent pain or discomfort in the pelvic region
  • Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
  • Unusual vaginal discharge

At Grand Infinity Medical Center, our experienced Gynecologists, Dr. Rekha Mathur & Dr. Parul Gupta are here to provide top-notch care. Ensure your cervical health with a routine pap smear test. Book a consultation now.


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