The world’s 4thmost common cancer affecting women, is preventable if detected early!
According to the World Health Organization, Cervical Cancer is the world’s 4th most common cancer affecting women, but what makes it important to sit up and take note, is the fact that the number of fatal cases relating to it are on the rise in the UAE!
In fact, studies show that the number of cervical cancer cases have doubled in 6 years within the UAE, revealing fatal cases of women suffering from cervical cancer at a younger age. This is about ten years younger than the world average, prompting doctors to call for better awareness and prevention.
What is Cervical Cancer?
It’s a kind of cancer that develops when cells in the cervix start going uncontrollably and, in the process, end up invading surrounding tissues while slowly causing damage throughout your body and shutting down your body’s vital functioning over time, if ignored.
A precancerous condition called dysplasia can be detected by a Pap Smear test which is 100% treatable, so the best way our gynaecologists would recommend you fight cervical cancer, is to book an appointment, as early as possible.
What has largely been observed are cervical cells may lie dormant but can then sprout causing cancer, even taking years for it to develop over time.
Early cervical cancer detection is vital!
A majority of the cases we see now reveal that most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer today have not had regular Pap Smear tests or have neglected the results along the way, by not following up in time. Early detection is vital since most women do not report noticeable symptoms until after the cancer has spread to other organs.
What are the causes of Cervical Cancer?
All cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papilloma virus), which is a common virus that spreads through sexual intercourse.
There are many different types of HPV. Some types lead to cervical cancer, others may cause genital warts, while others (luckily enough), do not cause any problems at all!
Abnormal cervical cells symptoms can cause early warning signs and symptoms such as cervical cancer vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding are indications of cervical cancer.
A woman’s sexual habits and patterns can increase her risk for cervical cancer. Risky sexual practices include having sexual intercourse at an early age, or with partners who participate in high-risk sexual activities.
Did you know? Smoking causes Cervical Cancer!
Shocking as it may seem, women who smoke are about twice as likely as those who don’t, to get Cervical Cancer!
Tobacco by-products have been found in the cervical mucus of women who smoke. Researchers believe that these substances damage the DNA of cervix cells and may contribute to the development of Cervical Cancer.
Get a Pap Smear Test done right away!
A Pap Smear Test, (details of which you can find out at length by talking to any of our gynaecologists at HealthHub Clinics), helps to detect cervical cell changes in your body before it turns cancerous and spreads.
There are 3 key benefits of a Pap Smear screening test:
- A Pap Smear screening test helps detect cervical cancer early before it spreads.
- This makes it easier for treatment.
- Regular tests and pelvic exams can help detect cancers of the cervix early.
According to the World Health Organization, regular pap smears can help to prevent up to 90 per cent of the most common type of cervical cancer.
That’s why an early pap smear screening test can help your doctor address it better. To all the expectant mothers out there: do take note!
Why fear a Pap Smear screening test?
A Pap Smear screening test can detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. It’s your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.
We would recommend you begin this year with a commitment to staying healthy and free from cervical cancer with a gynaecological consultation and pap smear test for only AED 199!
Remember, cervical cancer is 100% treatable if detected early by a pap smear!
If you want to know more, speak to our expert gynaecologists and obstetricians at HealthHub Clinics on 8002344 today!