Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Month

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The month of May has been declared as Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness Month to build public awareness on cervical cancer, its prevention, early detection, and control.Cervical Cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. At an early stage, no symptoms can be found. Risk factors which are associated with the disease include failure to receive regular pap test screening; human papilloma virus (HPV) infection; immunosuppressive disorders such as HIV/AIDS, certain sexual behaviors such as intercourse at an early age, having sex after their first menstruation, and having multiple sexual partners; smoking; and, poor immunity and resistance to the disease.There are no noticeable signs or symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer. They usually show up when the cancer become invasive.The most common symptoms are: Unusual discharge from the vagina, blood spots or light bleeding when not having menstraual period, bleeding after menopause or pain during intercourse. Other symptoms are anemia; pelvic, leg, or back pain, urinary problems, bleeding from the rectum and weight loss.Cervical cancer ranks as the second leading cause of death among women in the Philippines. …