Chopped by Trizah Akeyo
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Creating a Cervical Cancer free Future


Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix — the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2018, an estimated 570 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311 000 women died from the disease

It isn't clear what causes cervical cancer, but it's certain that Human Papillomavirus plays a role. Infact 99% of cervical cancers are linked to HPV infection. HPV is very common, and most people with the virus never develop cancer. This means other factors — such as your environment or your lifestyle choices — also determine whether you'll develop cervical cancer.

The two main types of cervical cancer:
Squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cervical cancer begins in the thin, flat cells (squamous cells) lining the outer part of the cervix, which projects into the vagina. Most cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas.
Adenocarcinoma. This type of cervical cancer begins in the column-shaped glandular cells that line the cervical canal.
It is possible for both types of cells to be involved in cervical cancer and rarely, does cancer occur in other cells of the cervix.
The risk factors include; multiple sexual partners, smoking, other sexually transmitted infections, early sexual activity, and a weekend immune system among others.

Like other cancers, prevention is usually better than cure.
1.Have a routine pap smear test. Doctors recommend routine tests from age of 21.
2.Quit smoking, and if you aren't a smoker don't start.
3.Have an HPV vaccine. This reduces your risk of HPV related cancers.
4. Practice safe sex. Research has shown that have multiple partners increases chances of cervical cancer. Consistent condom use is also adviseable.

Research has shown that cervical cancer can be the first cancer to be eliminated.
Infact we can achieve a generation free of cervical cancer by 2030 if;
90% of girls are vaccinated
70% of women are screened
90% of women with cervical disease received treatment.
Together, we can create a cervical free world.

As for all types of cancers, prevention is better than cure.

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Trizah Akeyo

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