Cervical Cancer AwarenessWomen of all ages need to be aware how to protect themselves from cervical cancer.Cervical cancer...
   Pain in the rectal area, blood from the rectum, or blood in urineProper and regular screening can detect cervical canc...
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It is important that women take care of themselves and their health. They need to be aware of the screening and steps available to protect themselves from the risks of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the number 2 cancer killer of women world wide. The good news is that for the most part, when abnormal changes are detected early, death due to cervical cancer is preventable. However, each year nearly 4,000 women in the United States die from advanced forms of the disease. There are measures that can be taken that will reduce a woman’s risk of cervical cancer.

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Cervical cancer awareness

  1. 1. Cervical Cancer AwarenessWomen of all ages need to be aware how to protect themselves from cervical cancer.Cervical cancer is the number two cancer killer of women worldwide. The good news is thatwhen abnormal changes are detected early, death due to cervical cancer is preventable. However,each year nearly 4,000 women in the United States die from advanced forms of the disease.There are measures that can be taken that will reduce a woman’s risk of cervical cancer.Most cervical cancer cases are caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV), acommon sexually transmitted disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimatesthat almost 80 percent of women will contract a form of HPV at some point in their lives.However, not all strains of HPV cause cervical cancer. Over time, most HPV infections go awayon their own, but some persist and lead to pre-cancer cell changes. When these pre-cancerchanges are not treated, they can become cancerous.How to protect yourself:Talk to your doctor about your individual risk factors, and schedule an appointment for a Paptest. The Pap test will check for changes in the cells of the cervix. Cervical cancer can beprevented when cell changes are detected and treated early.Most women should have a screening every two to three years. However, women who are athigher risk, who have had an abnormal screening in the past, or who have changed sexualpartners may need more frequent Pap test screenings. Talk with a medical expert about when youshould begin screening, how frequently you should be screened, and until what age. Womeneligible for Medicare benefits who are at high risk are covered for one Pap test and pelvic exameach year. A Pap test and pelvic exam are covered every two years for women at low risk.For girls and women ages 11-26, there are highly effective HPV vaccines available to potentiallyprevent infection from the HPV strains/types that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases.Medicaid covers the HPV vaccination, and the immunization is mandatory in Medicaidrecipients under age 21.Cervical cancer symptoms:Symptoms of cervical cancer typically don’t show themselves until late in the disease processand vary from woman to woman. This is why screening is of utmost importance. Symptoms ofcervical cancer are general and may be symptoms of other medical conditions. Some symptomsinclude:  Abnormal bleeding from the vagina, or a change in monthly menstrual cycle  Bleeding following intercourse  Pain during intercourse  As the disease advances, women will frequently experience pain down the back of their legs
  2. 2.  Pain in the rectal area, blood from the rectum, or blood in urineProper and regular screening can detect cervical cancer before any symptoms have developed. Alarge part of cancer prevention and survival depends on what you know. Take the time to learnall you can about cervical cancer risks and prevention.

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