Cervical Cancer - Some Fantasies and Myths

Wednesday 26 October 2011

This is a very difficult form of cancer to handle emotionally. It's not something we are comfortable to talk openly about, sometimes arising out of certain misconceptions. It takes a lot of courage to seek support because it attacks the organ of our body that makes us female, our reproductive organ.

Here, we consider some widespread beliefs about cervical cancer, as sourced from consultant clinical oncologist and radiotherapist Dr Manivannan A. B., consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Liew Fah Onn, the United States National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and the University of Michigan.

MYTH #1 : Cervical cancer cannot be prevented.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. There are HPV vaccination against the 2 most common strains of HPV virus (HPV-16 and HPV-18) to reduce your chances of getting infected. However, those who are vaccinated should still continue to go for regular Pap smears to detect infection from other strains of HPV.
Earliest signs of cervical cancer include unusual bleeding, especially in between periods or after sexual intercourse.

MYTH #2 : I do not have a family history of cervical cancer.
Unlike breast cancer, cervical cancer is not hereditary. Therefore, you are not at lower risk even though none of your family members has the disease.

MYTH #3 : I'm too young.
Even women in their 20s can develop cervical cancer.

MYTH #4 : I'm not promiscuous.
Even women in monogamous relationships can still develop cervical cancer.

MYTH #5 : I must have my uterus removed if I am diagnosed with cervical cancer. I won't be able to have children after treatment.
Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer.
If cancer is detected in early stages, cancerous growths can be removed by minor surgery.
If cancer is detected in later stages or it has spread, radiotherapy and hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) may be needed. Only women who have undergone both these procedures won't be able to conceive.

Hence, Effective Prevention is absolutely crucial.
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