Chronic Diseases

You can prevent cervical cancer

Although it affects many women, period exams and the vaccine are great allies to avoid contracting the disease.

Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, just in the part that connects to the vagina, which is the lower part.

Each year, about 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer (or cervical cancer). About 4,000 women die each year from this disease.

You can reduce your risk of developing it by getting screened and also getting the vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus infection.
It’s also important that you get a routine Pap smear. It is recommended to start it at the age of 21 and repeat it with a frequency between 3 to 5 years.

With early detection, recovery can be complete, and fertility is not affected. However, some cervical cancer treatments can affect fertility. Therefore, It will depend on each case.

What are the risk factors for cervical cancer:

Many sexual partners.
Sexual activity at an early age.
Other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Having other sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS increases your risk of getting HPV.
Smoking is associated with squamous cell cervical cancer.
Exposure to medications for the prevention of spontaneous abortions.

If your mother took a drug called diethylstilbestrol (DES) drug during pregnancy in the 1950s, you may have an increased risk of a certain type of cervical cancer called clear cell adenocarcinoma.

The symptoms are not detectable in the first stage, but they are in an advanced state.

They include:
Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods, or after menopause
Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor
Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse

Before all these symptoms, you should consult a doctor.

Source: Mayo Clinic

The following places offer free or low cost cervical cancer screenings:

Planned Parenthood:
Address: 1057 Kingston Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Hours: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Fri
Phone: (800) 576-5544
Link: Birth Control, STD Testing & Abortion – Los Angeles, CA (plannedparenthood.org)

LAC+USC Medical Center:
Address : 2051 Marengo Street Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 409-1000
Link: Cancer Screening – Women’s Health (lacounty.gov)

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