Cervical Cancer Awareness Month I OMH Explainer I All About Cervical Cancer

Publish Date: 24 Jan, 2023 |

January is recognized as 'Cervical Cancer Awareness Month'. Cervical cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer that affects women across the globe, there has to be greater understanding of its warning signs, symptoms & treatment options. The best thing about cervical cancer is if diagnosed in early stages, it can be cured completely. Share this awareness video with your dear ones & encourage them to go for a pap smear test (screening). 

What is Cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection. HPV is a common virus that can cause changes in the cervical cells, leading to the development of cervical cancer over time.

Risk factors that increase a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer

Being infected with HPV

Having a weak immune system


Using birth control pills for a long time

Having multiple full-term pregnancies

Having a family history of cervical cancer

Common symptoms

Vaginal bleeding between periods or after sexual intercourse

Menstrual periods that are heavier or longer than usual

Vaginal discharge that is unusual in color or odor

Pain during intercourse

Pelvic pain

It is important to note that these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions so it is important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis. Regular Pap tests and HPV tests can detect cervical cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.


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