Cervical Cancer: Women suffering from HIV have the highest risk of cervical cancer, how to prevent

Cervical cancer has the highest number of cases after breast cancer among women in the country. This cancer is quite fatal and cases of deaths also come from it. According to the World Health Organization, more than 45,000 women died of cervical cancer in India in 2019. However, it can be easily treated with timely identification and treatment of symptoms. According to doctors, this cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) virus. Women who have weak immunity or women who are suffering from HIV, they are at higher risk of getting this cancer.

According to Dr. Vandana of Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, the immunity of women suffering from HIV is very weak. Because of this, she is not able to compete with cervical cancer and easily becomes a victim of this cancer. It takes a long time for this cancer to grow in the body. If the immunity is good then it also protects against it. However, this cancer is not easily detected in the early stages. If women get Pap test done once every three years and HPV test after 40 years of age, then this cancer can be easily identified.

Symptoms are seen in the advanced stage

According to Dr., the symptoms of cervical cancer are not easily detected. Many times women ignore its symptoms as common problems. Because of this, most of the cases of this cancer come to the fore in the advanced stage. In such a situation, sometimes there is a problem in the treatment as well. This problem takes a very serious form. Therefore, women are advised to have regular health check-ups.

get vaccinated for hpv

Dr. Vandana says that HPV vaccine should be done to prevent cervical cancer. Girls and women aged nine to 26 years can get this vaccine. This vaccine can protect 60 to 80 percent. However, there is a lack of awareness about this vaccine. In such a situation, it is important that women be aware of cervical cancer and get themselves vaccinated.

These are the symptoms of cervical cancer

not having periods on time

bleeding other than periods

persisting pain in the lower abdomen

sudden weight loss

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