–The top 8 things you need to know to prevent cervical cancer

Know these truths about cervical cancer and stop it from taking over your life

Though cervical cancer isn’t the leading cancer concern for women, it is a growing one. Knowing how to dispel the myths of cervical cancer just may save your life.

1. I Can’t Prevent Cervical Cancer

Believe it or not, there is only one way to get cervical cancer – by contracting HPV or the human papillomarivus, which is transmitted sexually. Because this is virus, cervical cancer can be prevented with a vaccine – the HPV vaccine. Those who receive this vaccine have a dramatically lower chance of contracting cervical cancer.

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2. Cervical Cancer Only Occurs In Older Women

On an average, women with cervical cancer are 48 years of age, but many women in their 20s develop this disease, especially since HPV and dysplasia are common in younger women.

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3. The HPV Vaccine Is Only For Those Having Intercourse

There are other risk factors for the HPV vaccine, including smoking cigarettes, oral intimacy, and physical touch, as well as having many sexual partners. By limiting these kinds of activities, you’ll be able to lower your chances of contracting HPV and cervical cancer.

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Therefore the HPV vaccine is useful for women of all sexual lifestyles. Additionally, HPV vaccine only protects from four types of HPV – there are other strains that are not prevented with the vaccine.

4. I Don’t Need Regular PAP Tests

PAP smears are a highly effective method for detecting pre-cancerous conditions like dysplasia. Dysplasia is your first warning sign that cervical cancer is in your future, but with regular PAP tests, you can catch the disease early and prevent cervical cancer from developing altogether.

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5. There Are No Cervical Cancer Symptoms

In fact, women with cervical cancer can experience bleeding after intercourse, between menstrual periods, after menopause, etc, all of which can indicate the presence of the disease. Pelvic pain and abnormal vaginal discharges are two other possible symptoms.

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6. Cervical Cancer Always Leads To Death

This is one of the easiest cancers to fight, with over 92% of all women surviving after treatment for cervical cancer. The earlier you have yourself diagnosed, the greater the chances are that you will survive and go on to lead a normal life.

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7. A Hysterectomy Is The Only Treatment For Cervical Cancer

Many women opt for hysterectomies as an effective form of treatment for cervical cancer. However, other treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy, cone biopsy, and so on can also be employed to treat this disease. The treatment options available to you will depend on how far along the disease has progressed, your age, and your physical condition.

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8. Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases My Chances Of Getting Cervical Cancer

Because cervical cancer doesn’t respond to hormone treatments like other cancers (breast cancer, ovarian), your chances of contracting the disease are not increased by taking hormone replacement therapy.

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