Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cervical Cancer

One type of cancer is a scourge for the Eve is cervical cancer or cervical cancer. This cancer is a disease of the second most common cancer worldwide are common in women over the age of 15 years.
In fact, the world's approximately 500 thousand women diagnosed with cervical cancer and an average of 270,000 deaths annually, or in other words, every two minutes a woman died of cervical cancer.
While in Asia, cervical cancer is cancer in both women suffered the most, and more than half of Asian women who have died of cervical cancer. This is equivalent to 226 thousand women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and as many as 143 thousand causes of death, or in other words every 4 minutes, a woman in Asia Pacific, died of cervical cancer.

Cause of Cervical Cancer
Generally, cervical cancer began to attack from the cervix (part of the uterus or womb) and then reach the vagina. This cancer will spread gradually if not detected early and given treatment. So what causes cervical cancer? The most common cause is a virus HPV (human papillomavirus). There are 100 types of HPV viruses were identified and most are harmless and do not show symptoms. A total of 40 types of HPV can be transmitted through sexual contact.

Who is at risk for Cervical Cancer?
Every woman at risk of contracting cervical cancer during their lives regardless of age and lifestyle. This is because HPV is a common visus and easily transmitted through genital skin contact. Although the sex, the couple of these women are wearing a condom, but unfortunately the spread of HPV can not completely protect women from HPV infection.
Both young and adult women at risk for cervical cancer is caused by infection or recurrent infections caused by HPV cause cancer. An estimated 50-80 percent of women have HPV infection through sexual contact in their lives and up to 50 percent of these infections has the potential to cause cancer. Risks already started from the first sexual contact committed by women.

So how do I detect cervical cancer?
How to detect cervical cancer early is by doing a pap smear or IVA. This test can detect early cervical cancer cells in which changes can be identified in the cervix.
As the nature of cancer in general, will not be any visible symptoms (physically) at the early stages of cervical cancer. However, early detection is important to do because it can help detect cervical cancer development, although not able to prevent HPV infection.

Are Women can not prevent the occurrence of Cervical Cancer?
There is a vaccine that targets HPV types 16 and 18 that have the potential to prevent more than 70 percent of cervical cancer.
This vaccine will improve the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy the virus when entering the body, before forming infection.
In the future, vaccination with early detection can reduce the risk of cervical cancer compared with early detection alone. And that can reduce the amount of major early detection of abnormalities that require follow-up.


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