Vaccine, tests can help lower risk of cervical cancer

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Across the United States, the month of January provides an opportunity to begin the conversation about the importance of cervical cancer screening.

Early detection tests include Pap tests and HPV DNA Test. Pap tests are hugely successful in detecting cervical cancer as it can detect abnormal cells even before the cancerous cells start developing.

The cervix is the cylinder-shaped, lower part of the uterus.

Initially, there are no prominent symptoms but as the cancer grows and develops, the body displays various symptoms including unusual vaginal discharge; vaginal bleeding between periods; bleeding after menopause and bleeding or pain during sex. "Although they are protected against the two most common HPV types that cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers, the risk is not completely eliminated and screening is still an important part of preventing cancer".

Speaking on behalf of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (BNSSG CCGs), Dr Alison Wint, GP and clinical lead for cancer, said: "We are well aware that cervical cancer screening is one of the more intrusive tests, but it is important you attend - it could save your life".

There are various vaccines for keeping an individual protected from the 2 types of HPV which are known to cause cervical cancer, 2 of these which are widely used are Cervarix and Gardasil, which also protect you against few other types of HPVs. These symptoms may not be caused by cervical cancer, but the only way to be sure is to see your doctor. As I tell most of my patients, HPV is a virus.

HPV DNA tests are usually done in addition to a pap test in women above 30 or when an abnormality is found in a pap test, so as to check for the presence of high risk HPV Infections.

Laura and her children
Image caption Laura with her children

"We know that we are getting exposed to the virus and are clearing it but we do not know why some people develop cancer and others do not", Duska said. Women between the ages of 30 and 65 can also get an HPV test with a Pap test. Then, women getting a Pap test should add a test that checks for strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV, Dominguez said.

Cervical cancer detected early can be treated with surgery or radiation, but becomes incurable if diagnosed after spreading to other organs.

Florida International University has provided some expert information on what everyone needs to know in an effort to prevent cervical cancer.

Understanding the risk factors and detection methods for cervical cancer are crucial to early detection.

The questions come as Cervical Cancer Prevention Week is under way, which has been backed by Amber's family.In reply to Ms Elliott's request for a change in the rules, Mrs May said: "I send my condolences and I'm sure the whole house does to Amber's family for this bad thing that has happened". An HPV test is not the same as the HPV vaccine. "It's been a big day for the campaign today to get what we want".

The HPV vaccine is available by appointment at the Public Health Clinic at 529 I St.in Eureka. One reason for this is because HPV can cause other types of cancers such as anal, oropharyngeal and head and neck cancers, as well as genital warts.

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