May is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, which is usually cause for concern and doing everything possible to raise awareness. Now we have reason to celebrate that May is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, as Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has just agreed that giving young girls the vaccine against cervical cancer will save lives, with pupils aged nine and 10 to be given the vaccine from February next year as part of the School Health Programme! Here's why the cervical cancer vaccine's so important...
is one of the biggest killers of women in our country, as at least half of the 6,000 women diagnosed with cervical cancer
each year die from it, says EyeWitnessNews
Now there’s hope this figure will be drastically reduced, as government aims to provide the HPV vaccine to more than half a million learners from early next year.
That’s great news as HPV vaccines protects against cervical cancers in women.
They’re usually given as a series of three shots over six months to protect against HPV infection and other problems that the infection might cause like cervical cancer
, explains AllAfrica
Here’s why the cervical cancer or HPV vaccine will be given to girls of such a young age…
The reason it’s so important to vaccinate girls as young as nine years is that it’ll prevent cervical cancer before the girls become sexually active as cervical cancer is caused by HPV or the Human Papilloma Virus, which is transmitted through sexual intercourse.
And the symptoms of cervical cancer differ from case to case, with some women showing no symptoms at all until it’s too late and the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Three possible signs of cervical cancer to watch for!
Added to this, the symptoms of cervical cancer are often confused with typical symptoms of PMS described by FSPHealth
as cramping and anxiety
, as you’ll notice them more acutely when you menstruate.
This includes abnormal bleeding, either meaning heavier bleeding when you menstruate or additional light bleeding throughout the month.
that’s not related to the normal menstrual cycle or pain
during urination can be a symptom of advanced cervical cancer that’s spread to the bladder, says About.Cancer
Rather be safe than sorry – have a check-up if you notice any of these symptoms today.
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