Nearly 365.71 million women falling between the age group of 15 to 65 in India are exposed to cervical cancer.40 percent of urban women and 56 percent of rural women suffer from this cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer starts as a sexually transmitted disease. The main reason this ailment is lack of awareness in women. Either they know little about symptoms or various ways of their prevention. A Pap smear test to detect the cervical cancer only costs 500 rupees, but you would astonished to find that even educated women don’t go for such regular check-ups for their health.
A woman who gets sexually active at a very young age and has multiple numbers of active partners develops cervical cancer earlier than others. It is caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) that infects the skin in the cervix area leading to abnormal cell growth in that area, which later takes the form of cancer. the various symptoms of cervical cancer are untimely bleeding caused between two monthly cycles, or bleeding or mild blood spots after sexual intercourse, or post- menopause bleeding, or abnormal white discharge with a foul smell or bladder pain during urination. But do you know that this cancer is 100 percent curable if detected at pre-cancerous stage, but much to despair women are ignorant about this fact. Mind it, for an infection to get properly develop it takes 8 to 10 years, which is quite a long time. So this can get treated and cured if you detect it at earlier stage.
Sexually active women should go for Pap smear test once in every three years from 18 years to 50 years of age for detection of a cervical cancer. Even you can go for a HPV DNA testing to get yourself detected for the cervical cancer.