Approximately 11,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually with 4,000 of them being at the risk of death. Cervical cancer is the most common type of cancer in women after breast cancer and develops over time. The slow and gradual development of the disease makes its treatment greatly possible if detected in time. But since the cancer isn’t evident at first, many women don’t know if they are suffering from the disease. Therefore, the American Social Health Association (ASHA) has dedicated the month of January to raise awareness about cervical cancer.
Cervical Health Awareness Month is supported by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about cervical cancer, and increase women’s awareness about its symptoms, causes and cure. Also, the month long drive aims to encourage women towards routine check-ups and also to highlight the need for insurance plans to cover cervical cancer screening tests.
About Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is mostly detected in women in the age bracket of 35 to 55 years and is generally found as the abnormal cells of the cervix grow out of their usual capacity. The cervix is located below the uterus and is mostly pink in color. The cancer can be detected by an early pelvic exam called the Pap test and has a success rate of 80%. During the test, the doctor looks for any noticeable irregular changes in the cervix cells. A major cause of cervical cancer is being infected by the HPV virus. Apart from HPV, cervical cancer is also known to be a result of chlamydia infection, weak immune system and heavy smoking.
Relationship Between HPV and Cervical Cancer
HPV Virus or human papillomavirus is a common type of sexually transmitted diseas(STD). It is also one of the leading causes of cervical cancer in women and is contacted during sexual activity. Although not all HPV viruses cause cervical cancer, type 16 and 18 can be directly related to the cancer’s growth inside the cervix.
Several renowned celebrities like Cara Delavigne and Rita Ora have been participating in several cervical awareness campaigns to highlight the severity of the cancer. The celebrities were seen posting pictures of painted warts of their faces to their social media accounts with the hashtag #smearforsmear. [Insert the pictures] Warts were selected for projecting cervical cancer as they are the most evident sign of an HPV virus and need to be attended to immediately.
About 70% of all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV. The virus is primarily caused by unprotected sexual intercourse. It usually remains unidentified for a long time in both men and women. HPV infection can usually be avoided by practicing safe sex and through proper vaccination. To learn more about cervical health, visit: http://healthpowerforminorities.com/cervical-cancer/.
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