10 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Cervical Cancer.


Lets be honest! Cancer is one of those diseases you never even think about until you, a close relative or a friend, gets diagnosed with it. That is when harsh reality strikes and we start cursing and praying at the same time.

But isn’t it a little relieving to know that cancer can always be identified much earlier even before it starts popping out its symptoms and done away with? This is the very reason why every woman should take control of her own health by getting conversant with basic information.

The following are 10 basic facts about cervical cancer that no woman in control of her life should ignore.


1.Cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is transmitted through sexual contact. It is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract.

2.  Cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths amongst women in Kenya, after breast cancer. (Kenya Cancer Statistics and National Strategies, Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations 2015).

3. Globally, over 275,000 women die of cervical cancer each year. This translates to 1 woman dying of cervical cancer every 2 minutes. (Human Papilloma Virus & Cervical Cancer, WHO 2016).

4. Abnormal growth of cancer cells in the cervix can be discovered early through pap smear and successfully treated. (Screening for Cervical Cancer, WHO 2016).

5. Any woman who is sexually active should take At least one pap test every 5 years to detect presence of cancer-causing HPV.

6. Barely 10% of Kenyan women go for pap smear hence, their cervical cancer is usually discovered when it’s too late. They end up losing their lives. (Kenya Cancer Statistics and National Strategies, Kenya Network of Cancer Organizations 2015)

7. Common symptoms of cervical cancer are vaginal bleeding (e.g after sex), pain during sex, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain in the lower belly, swollen legs, back and pelvic pains.(Human Papilloma Virus & Cervical Cancer, WHO 2016)

8. Cervical cancer can be treated through surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Treatment may involve one or a combination of two methods depending on severity.

9. High risk factors of cervical cancer include unsafe sex, multiple sex partners, tobacco smoking, early exposure to sexual intercourse, and a weakened immune system e.g in HIV patients.(Human Papilloma Virus & Cervical Cancer, WHO 2016)

10. Cancer causes more deaths globally than malaria, TB and HIV combined. However, 30% of all cancers are curable when detected early.


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Don’t wait until you start feeling sick! Avoid cervical cancer by going for pap smear every 3-5 years to detect any abnormal cell growth in your cervix. When detected, start treatment as early as possible to save your life!

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