One of the top women cancer we know is breast cancer but we never imagine that there another cancer a woman at risk. This is cervical cancer and any women can a victim of this dreaded cancer.
Cervical cancer begins with cancerous cells that grow on the surface of the cervix, the passageway that connects a woman’s uterus to the vagina. Although cervical cancer was once a common cause of cancer death among women, the use of regular Pap test screening has dramatically decreased the incidence of this disease.
We now know human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the primary risk factor for cervical cancer, but not all women with HPV infection will develop cancer. Other risk factors include smoking, having a weakened immune system, taking oral contraceptives, or having the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia.
Because cancerous cells in the cervix grow very slowly, they can be detected by a Pap smear before they have the chance to develop into full-blown cancer, which is why regular screening is so important.
GSK and Heathway is promoting awareness for Cervical Cancer in all ages from teens to women.