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Important Facts Regarding Cervical Cancer

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According to CDC:

  • Cervical cancer used to be the leadingcause of cancer death for women in the U.S.
  • In recent years that number hasdecreased significantly as a result of many women getting regular PAPsmears.
  • Almost all cervicalcancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

Stats: from Cancer Incidenceand Mortality in Nebraska: 2009/released June, 2012

Type

Cervical/uterine 2005-2009

0-17 Yrs.

Cases %

18-44 Yrs.

Cases %

45-64 Yrs.

Cases %

65+ Yrs

Cases %

Reported (306)

1 0.3

142 46.4

116 37.9

47 15.4

Died (78)

0 0.0

14 17.9

37 47.4

27 34.5

Risk Factors:

  • HPV,HIV, and Auto Immune Disorders.
  • Itoccurs most often in women over age 30.
  • Smoking.
  • UsingBirth Control Pills for 5 years or more.
  • Havegiven birth to 3 or more children.

Signs/Symptoms:

  • Early on, cervical cancer may not cause signs andsymptoms.
  • Advanced cervical cancer may cause bleeding ordischarge from the vagina that is not normal for you, such as bleeding aftersex.

Prevention:

  • Get the HPV vaccine. It protects against the types of HPVthat most often cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers.
  • See your doctor regularly for a Pap test that can findcervical precancers.
  • Follow up with your doctor if your Pap test results are notnormal.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Use condoms during sex as males can be infected with HPV too.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.

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