Cervical Cancer Awareness
The British Clinic participates in the cervical cancer awareness campaign from its belief in continuous updating of health care providing. This is given with the emphasis on cultural differences and not merely copying what is being practiced or imported from different cultures.
Cervical cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death among women after breast and lung cancer. It can be a threat to all women. But many do not know enough about the disease…
Cervical cancer is cancer of the “neck” of the womb (cervix). Unlike some other cancers, it is neither genetic nor hereditary. It is believed that the majority of it is caused by an infection related to a common virus called human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus is caught during intimate genital skin to skin contact. Although it must be said that as much as not all cervical cancers are caused by HPV, also, not all infections by HPV causes cancer of the cervix. Hope that this paradox can be understood in this description.
Cervical cancer can affect women of all ages, not just adult women. Eight out of ten women will be infected by HPV at some point in their lives and most would be unaware of it.
Most infections with the cancer causing HPV show no signs or symptoms at the early stages. When the infection does not clear naturally, it can progress to precancerous lesions and in some cases to cervical cancer. Therefore, there is no way to self detect an infection.
SCREEN REGULARLY. It is recommended to start screening regularly, once the women become sexually active.
Pap smear or Thin Prep test is used during the routine gynaecological examination to see if there are changes in the cervix. The test involves taking cells from the cervix to look for any abnormalities. These cellular abnormalities may indicate early signs of cervical cancer or pre-cancer. Early treatment can be instituted and cure is available.
VACCINATE. Vaccination can protect against cancer causing HPV types offering the best protection. However if the person is already harboring HPV infection, vaccination is of no value.
HPV vaccination is recommended for girls and women after thorough discussion with the emphasis on cultural differences. At The British Clinic it is believe that boys and men should also be offered the vaccination as they are the primary cause of it!!
Vaccination consists of 3 injections given over a six month period.
It is important to complete the full course of vaccination, including all 3 doses, in order for the vaccines to be highly effective.
Regular screening should still continue even after being vaccinated.