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Let us talk cancer-cervical Cancer

We lost the battle against cervical cancer long before we started fighting it, but we are not going to sit back and act defeated. We will pick up the weapons and go back to the battlefield. We are not going to wait until we have symptoms so we  can go to the hospital, as women, we have to set aside time and money for us, time to go to the gynecologists and have a checkup, yeah just a checkup even when everything feels fine, even when there is no pain, even when there is no bleeding. Society needs women, women who are healthy or the nation will starve, and our children will all get malnourished; we cannot afford to let them die of cervical cancer.
Screening programmes for cervical cancer are available. Pap smear is commonly used although other forms of screening are available.
All women should begin cervical cancer screening three years after the onset of vaginal intercourse. Women aged twenty one who haven’t started vaginal intercourse should also start screening.  women in their twenties  should have pap smears every three years.
At the age of thirty, women who have had normal smears are advised to do their pap smears every two years, unless they are HIV positive in which case they should have their pap smears yearly.
Women aged above seventy years who have had normal pap smears within the last ten years and women who have had uterine removal for any other reason apart from cervical cancer may stop screening.
A positive result may mean that cancer cells are present but if at all you have been doing your pap smears as is required you need not to fear; this only means that you are lucky to catch it early and you will mostly likely have the last laugh. Results are to be discussed with a gynecologist who will then decide on the next course of action.
If we don’t stop believing in treating, we will never win against cancer. Cervical cancer is a slow killer; it takes at least fifteen years to develop cervical cancer from the time of infection with the causative agent; a sexually transmitted virus called the human papilloma virus (HPV).
Women wait until they are having a foul smelling vaginal discharge, until their husbands move out of the bedroom because of the bad smell from between their legs, until they are bleeding after sex, until they are in pain that is when they walk to the hospital, fifteen years too late. They do not realize that cervical cancer kills them as they weed in their farms, as they breastfeed their babies, as they carry firewood, it kills them slowly, the cancer cells continue growing even when they feel okay.

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Doreen Saringi

Hey there, welcome. I am Dr. Oyunge. Books are my second love and writing is my third. Once I take off my white coat, I pick my pen.

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Thanks for the in-depth on point info doc.Blessed u are.

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Thanks a lot Kay

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paul oluoch

such a lovely n informative…don’t stop

saringin
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Thanks a lot Kay

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Thank you Paul for reading….

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thanks doc. now i know i shld visit a gynacologist even wen things are okey

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True…. Joan…all women need to have a gynecologist as a close friend…..and they need to visit the gynecologist often

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