So I decided to put this post up just to join in the awareness being created on Cervical Cancer. I recently just went for a screening aswell and I am glad I did. I am not much of a medical person, but here is the facts I dug up about this:
- Breast, cervix, and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women.
- In 2008, cervical cancer was the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. An estimated 529,800 were diagnosed, with over 85% of those diagnosed in developing countries.
- Human papillomavrius (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted viral infection and is the causative agent of cervical cancer. Although it is the causative agent, most women who are infected do not develop cancer.
- Both incidence and deaths from cervical cancer have declined markedly over the last several decades, due to more frequent detection of pre-invasive and cancerous lesions of the cervix from increased Pap screening.
- The five-year survival rate for early invasive cancer of the cervix is 92 percent. The overall five-year survival rate (for all stages combined) is about 73 percent. For pre-invasive cervical cancer, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent.
- Worldwide, cervical cancer kills one woman every 2 minutes...(that's a scary fact)
- In developed countries, the widespread use of cervical screening programs has reduced the incidence of invasive cervical cancer by 50 percent or more.
- Women who had first sexual intercourse at an early age or who have had many sexual partners, or have partners who have many sexual partners, have a higher-than-average risk of developing cervical cancer. (This is highly important)
So, ladies out there, please go for the screening, it's not painful, it doesn't take long at all, lets not feign ignorance, cuz the awareness is out there already. I have done mine, go do yours......
You can read more on cervical cancer on - http://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer/cervical-cancer-topic-overview