Thursday, October 27, 2011

One Braveheart

Our company held its annual Family Day last October 22, 2011. Free lunch and all that family stuff, from medical to livelihood to leisure.
So, they had this small little booth where all women are queued, since I'm curious as a cat, I also lined up and that's where I found out that its a registration for Cervical Cancer Screening and Vaccination. I said, "WTH, this is salary deduction anyway." After a minute, I already have these cute baller bands on my wrist. =)
I'm not medically trained, so here's WebMD to help me out.
 What is Cervical Cancer?
Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix  grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer can often be cured when it's found early. It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap test.
What causes Cervical Cancer?
Most cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. You can get HPV by having sexual contact with someone who has it. There are many types of the HPV virus. Not all types of HPV cause cervical cancer. Some of them cause genital warts, but other types may not cause any symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
Abnormal cervical cell changes rarely cause symptoms. But you may have symptoms if those cell changes grow into cervical cancer. Symptoms of cervical cancer may include:
1. Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal, or a change in your menstrual cycle that you can't explain.
2. Bleeding when something comes in contact with your cervix, such as during sex or when you put in a diaphragm.
3. Pain during sex.
4. Vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood.
How is cervical cancer diagnosed?
As part of your regular pelvic exam, you should have a Pap test. During a Pap test the doctor scrapes a small sample of cells from the surface of the cervix to look for cell changes. If a Pap test shows abnormal cell changes, your doctor may do other tests to look for precancerous or cancer cells on your cervix. Your doctor may also do a Pap test and take a sample of tissue (biopsy) if you have symptoms of cervical cancer, such as bleeding after sex.
How is it treated?
Cervical cancer that is caught early can usually be cured. If the cancer is caught very early, you still may be able to have children after treatment. The treatment for most stages of cervical cancer removes the cancer and makes you unable to have children. These treatments include:
1. A hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
2. Radiation therapy.
3. Chemotherapy.

Get vaccinated now!
Join us as we take a stand against this preventive disease, one Braveheart at a time.

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