Everyday cervical cancer claims the lives of roughly 800 women world-wide. Fortunately, for most women in the United States, routine medical practices often catch cervical cancer before it can become an issue. That said, there are a number of ways to stack the odds in your favor against cervical cancer.
One of the easiest safety measures you can take is to get a human papilomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV occurs in a number of different forms, and some of them can be subtle. Often when people get HPV, they are completely unaware. In many cases, the body can dispose of less serious forms of HPV within 2 years or so. That said, when the body is unable to dispose of HPV, the disease runs the risk of getting worse and even becoming cancerous. Play it safe. Get vaccinated.
If you’ve been going to a OBGYN for some time, this one shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Starting at the age of 21, it is recommended that women get pap smears every 3 years. Pap smears lookout of for precancerous cells, which may become cancerous if left untreated. While you’re at it, consult with your provider to see if an HPV test might also be suggested for you.
Cut Out Smoking
Smoking is correlated with higher cervical cancer risk. Again, this comes back to HPV. As mentioned above, there are a variety of forms of HPV. Studies show that those with certain forms of HPV are much more likely to develop to develop cervical cancer than their non-smoking HPV counterparts. We already know smoking isn’t good for the body. If you can’t completely kick the habit, here’s a good reason to turn it down.
You already knew that exercise could help you feel good and function smoothly, but did you know that exercise is also linked to reduced risk of cervical cancer? A recent study reveals that just 30 minutes of exercise per week has the potential to significantly reduce cervical cancer. So be it for a walk, a run, a swim, or even some yard work, the benefits of giving your body a workout just became greater.
Reducing the risk of cervical cancer isn’t that hard after all. With the combination of modern medicine and self-care, we can kick cervical cancer to the curb. For more women’s health information, you can follow me on Twitter @pfmcilveen.