Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer caused by HPV. In 2012, it was estimated that there were over 500,000 new cervical cancer cases worldwide. Over half of those women lose their lives, which is one of the reasons why I wrote this book. Cervical cancer is considered a major health problem, since this cancer usually appears in young women.
Among women infected with oncogenic (tumor producing) HPV, 10% do not manage to easily suppress the infection or prevent recurrences. This small percentage of women is at a higher risk of developing premalignant lesions and cervical cancer in the future.
No. It takes years for cervical cancer to develop from an HPV infection
While very woman is different, some common symptoms may include, but aren’t limited to:
In cases of advanced cervical cancer, symptoms can include, but aren’t limited to: pelvic pain, difficulty urinating, swollen feet, and/or swollen lymph nodes.
Diagnosis of cervical cancer requires a biopsy so speak to your doctor about your concerns.:
With regular check-ups, it is possible for doctors to detect suspicious cells with a Pap smear. With an HPV test, doctors will be able to identify the types of HPV infection. Based on any findings, women undergo a colposcopy, which is a procedure that examines the cervix, as well as the vagina and vulva, for signs of disease. If there are any premalignant lesions found, they can be treated.
Regular screening can reduce cervical cancer occurrence by at least 80%! For young girls, a combination of regular screenings and the HPV vaccine can significantly reduce future risks.
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