Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CERVIX CANCER AND HPV VACCINATION

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  • Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control.
  • The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus. 
  • The cervix connects the vagina (birth canal) to the upper part of the uterus.
  • The uterus (or womb) is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
  • Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infections are available.
  • When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life.



SYMPTOMS

  • Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs and symptoms.  
  • Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as : bleeding after sex.  
  • If you have any of these signs, see your doctor. 
  •  They may be caused by something other than cancer, but the only way to know is to see your doctor

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