Cervical cancer: 5 facts you should know

Zee: Monday, January 12, 2015 – 14:25

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in India, with approximately 1.32 lakh new cases being diagnosed and about 74,000 deaths occur annually, accounting for nearly one-third of cervical cancer deaths across the world.

Here are a few facts you should know to keep the disease at bay:

-Cervical cancer is caused by infection by a virus called the Human Papillomavirus or HPV.

-Early signs of cervical cancer are vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odour, or tinged with blood, and lower abdomen pain.

-It is now possible to prevent cervical cancer in women by vaccination.

-The chances of developing cervical cancer rises if a person is involved in sexual activity in early age and has multiple sexual partners.

-Cervical cancer can be treated by extensive surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy depending on the stage of the disease.

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